Joyce agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with the A's on Wednesday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. Joyce figures to occupy the strong side of a right field platoon in Oakland, with Jake Smolinski spelling him against lefties. He boasts a career .252/.353/.449 slash line against righties, and last year he improved upon that career line, thanks largely to a 20.3 percent walk rate and 12 homers in just 197 at-bats against righties. If he can maintain that kind of patience, he could work his way into a spot near the top of Oakland's lineup. The fact that he won't be an everyday player and lacks standout tools makes him less appealing in standard leagues, but in deeper leagues and AL-only formats he makes for a relatively cheap, high floor option thanks to his established excellence against righties.
Joyce came off the bench on Monday to go 1-for-2 with his 13th home run of the season. On the aggregate Joyce has had himself a fine season as the Pirates' fourth outfielder. However, Joyce has hit just .163 since the All-Star break after posting a .295 average prior to the Mid-Summer Classic. Joyce is a bad bet for production over the final week, collecting just four hits in 35 September at-bats.
Joyce grounded out in a pinch-hitting appearance and is batting .156 (5-for-32) since Aug. 9. The outfielder has walked 12 times in the last month, giving him a .400 OBP, but he has no home runs after hitting 12 homers earlier in the year. Oddly, the worse Joyce does for the remainder of September, the better the likelihood he re-signs with Pittsburgh in the offseason as he becomes an affordable option.
Joyce went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Astros. Joyce's RBI double got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, as the veteran took advantage of a rare night in the lineup. His usual duty as a pinch-hitter limits the former Rays slugger's effectiveness, though.
Joyce went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs Sunday against the Phillies. Joyce left the yard for the 10th time this year to tie the game at four in the sixth inning of a Pirates' win. He now has two homers in his last four games, and he's slashing .285/.415/.563 in 146 at-bats on the year.