Over the past few offseasons (but before this one), I really wanted the Braves to sign Matt Joyce. He had a hilariously dreadful 2015 with the Angels and represented an obvious bounceback candidate that offseason — the Pirates snatched him up, and he rewarded them with a 136 wRC+ and 1.9 fWAR in just 293 PAs. He parlayed that into a full-time role with the Athletics in 2017 and a two-year deal with $11 million, putting up a 116 wRC+ and 2.7 fWAR in 544 trips to the plate. But, in the second year of said deal, he didn’t fare nearly as well: an 89 wRC+ and just 0.2 fWAR in 246 PAs.
So, it’s bounceback time for the 34-year-old Joyce again. Will he do it? Or is this his decline phase, now proceeding in uninterrupted fashion? Looks like the Braves might be finding out.
This is actually Joyce’s third team this week: Joyce was released by the Indians, with whom he signed a minor league deal, on March 19. He was scooped up by the Giants on March 20, only to be released from their team earlier today, at which point the Braves got their talons into him. Joyce wasn’t really having a banner Spring Training (.185/.267/.185 with the Indians; .250/.333/.250 with the Giants), but the Braves probably aren’t worried about that too much.