The Oakland A's and OF Matt Joyce have agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $11MM. After an abysmal 2015 season (.174/.272/.291), the former Tiger, Ray, and Angel enjoyed a successful rebound in 2016 for the Pirates while playing both corner outfield positions.
How this affects Oakland's OF future outlook: Joyce will come in as the starting everyday right fielder with some sort of platoon allowing Jake Smolinski and newly signed Rajai Davis to attain regular at-bats as well. Assuming Mark Canha recovers from his injury-plagued 2016, the future of right field belongs to Matt Olson. After a terrible first impression at the big league level over 11 games, the A's are being patient with their 23-year-old top prospect. Joyce will give the team a viable everyday option to hold down the fort until Olson is ready to become a big league contributor.
How this affects Oakland's overall outlook: Oakland entered the offseason with only Khris Davis as an above-average starting outfielder. The signings of Matt Joyce and Rajai Davis haven't changed that, but it has given Oakland more depth at two positions that have serious question marks. Joyce's signing won't alter the future of the franchise much, but it will allow Manager Bob Melvin to be patient with Mark Canha and Matt Olsen which could benefit the club down the road.
Bottom Line: The A's sign Matt Joyce to be a stop-gap solution in right field until Matt Olsen/Mark Canha prove ready for everyday responsibilities