Angels and Matt Joyce avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Alden Gonzalez of reports that the Angels and outfielder Matt Joyce have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.75 million contract.

Acquired from the Rays in December in exchange for reliever Kevin Jepsen, Joyce was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. The 30-year-old requested a $5.2 million salary for 2015 and was offered $4.2 million from the Angels when terms were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled just above the midpoint.

Joyce batted .254 with nine home runs and .732 OPS (111 OPS+) across 140 games last season. He was acquired to serve as a part-time DH and outfielder, but his role figures to increase if Josh Hamilton misses the start of the season following shoulder surgery.