In an outfielder-for-reliever swap, the Rays have traded Matt Joyce to the Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen.
Tampa Bay was said to be shopping Joyce a month ago because he’s due for a raise to around $5 million via arbitration and will be a free agent next winter. His production slipped a bit recently after some very strong years, but the 30-year-old Joyce is a solid corner outfield bat with a .783 career OPS and will be an especially good fit if the Angels shield him from most left-handed pitching.
Jepsen is projected to make about $2.5 million via arbitration following a season in which he threw 65 innings with a 2.63 ERA and 75/23 K/BB ratio. In the past his control has been shaky at times, but Jepsen has the raw stuff and bat-missing ability to be a late-inning relief option for the Rays and is under team control through 2016.
The Padres’ Austin Hedges hit a fun home run in last night’s game against the Mariners.
He was facing M’s reliever Cory Gearrin with two outs in the sixth and drove one to deep right center. Padres outfielder Mallex Smith ranged back, leapt — though he didn’t have to — the ball doinked off his glove, and went over the fence for an alley-oop homer.
The best part was Hedges chuckling and, I think anyway, kinda tipping his cap to Smith. For his part, Smith sat on the ground and looked rather disgusted about it all. Which, you can’t really blame him:
It was the second time in three days such a homer was hit. On Sunday Dexter Fowler did the same courtesy to Noah Syndergaard.
Now, can someone tell me why these aren’t four-base errors? There’s probably a reason but, really, there’s no way these were dingers without the unintended help of the outfielder.