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AL West Watch: Angels Trade for Joyce

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    Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Joyce, right, is greeted by teammate Ben Zobrist while scoring on a base hit by B.J. Upton against the Miami Marlins in the third inning.

    After trading away Howie Kendrick and his spot in the top part of the Los Angeles Angels' batting order, the Rangers AL West foes struck a deal on Tuesday by trading relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen to Tampa Bay for one of the league's most disciplined hitters in Matt Joyce.

    Joyce is a guy who would've looked good in a Rangers uniform, but it doesn't appear the club really made any serious inquiries to acquire him.

    He's a career .250 hitter but sports a career on-base percentage of .342 and has some pop with a .441 slugging percentage and 88 home runs in his career.

    Angels GM Jerry Dipoto told the LA Times that Joyce could possibly be the Angels' No. 2 hitter in the lineup while serving primarily as a designated hitter but could also serve as a capable corner outfielder if Josh Hamilton or Kole Calhoun were to miss any time.