Pittsburgh needs the lefthanded bat Joyce provides off the bench but it's possible he starts 2016 in the minor leagues, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Bucs could pay Joyce a $100,000 retention bonus and send him to Triple-A. The organization would then control him until June 1, when Joyce could opt out of his deal if Pittsburgh fails to recall him. The lefty has only three hits in 20 at-bats but has drawn four walks.

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