Angels get Matt Joyce from Rays for Kevin Jepsen

Associated Press

Anaheim, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.

The clubs announced the deal Tuesday.

Joyce batted .254 with nine homers and 52 RBIs last season, his seventh in the majors and sixth with Tampa Bay. The 2011 All-Star and Tampa native has 88 homers and 313 RBIs in his career.

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says he envisions Joyce as their primary designated hitter next season, supplanting youngster C.J. Cron.

Jepsen was the Angels’ seventh-inning specialist last season, his seventh with the Angels. He established career bests with 65 innings pitched, 75 strikeouts and a 2.63 ERA.

Jepsen was drafted by the Angels in 2002. He ranks fifth in franchise history with 315 appearances.