Matt Joyce signs with the Oakland Athletics

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics have signed outfielder Matt Joyce to a two-year, $11 million contract, pending a physical.

Joyce had a nice bounceback year with the Pirates in 2016, hitting 13 homers and posting an .866 OPS (131 OPS+) over 293 plate appearances, primarily against righties. He’ll get the same sort of work, one suspects, as a platoon corner guy and occasional DH in Oakland.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.