Matt Joyce was paid $6 million in 2018 by the Oakland A’s to post a .208/.322/.353 slash line. He was also plagued by back issues for most of the 2018 season.
This came after Joyce blasted 25 homers and drove in 68 runs in 2017.
Joyce will turn 35 years old during the 2019 season, and needs a bounce back season if he wants to get another shot at a Major League deal. First, he needs to prove that he’s over his back issues, and can get back to hitting the way he used to. A Minor League deal would give him time to prove his health, work out the kinks in his swing, and bide his time until there’s an opportunity on a Major League roster.
If his back is 100-percent, Joyce could provide an offensive boost when or if the Milwaukee Brewers need an extra outfielder. Joyce is a lefty who absolutely mashes right-handed pitching. Joyce could also fill in for Eric Thames if he needs time on the DL.
With the Milwaukee Brewers current contender status, they need to add depth at the Triple-A roster so as not to derail their season if there’s an injury to one of their key pieces. While they had a surplus of outfielders as recently as a year ago, that’s simply not the case in 2019. The Brewers could stand to add a veteran to stash in Triple-A, and any one of these names could make sense if the market conditions are right.