USATSI_8120962_154511044_lowresThe Tampa Bay Rays finally pulled the trigger on trading Mat Joyce, sending him to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim near Disneyland for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.

Originally a second-round pick in the 2002 draft, Jepsen did not make his big league debut until 2008 and has made 315 appearances for the Angels over the last 6+ seasons.

In 2014, the 29-year-old had his best season yet, making 74 appearances, posting a 2.63 ERA and 2.78 FIP with a 3.26 strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.00 is good) and 10.38 strikeouts per 9 innings.

Jepsen’s success in 2014 appeared to be the result of abandoning his cutter, using his curveball more, and adding a changeup to go along with his 96-mph fastball.

Jepsen is arbitration eligible. He made $1.46 million in 2014, avoiding arbitration with the Angels.

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  1. Paco says:

    Interesting. Would have assumed they would go for prospects, but Jepsen's a very good reliever. Seems they still have high hopes for next year.

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  2. edward williams says:

    wonder if they are going to go for another bat, hopefully

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  3. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Perfect piece for the Rays' 'pen.

    It's a shame that #20's sweet swing never showed the necessary consistency (or maybe never got the chance to, a la Gomes)... good luck Matt!

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    • OriginalTom says:

      Joyce had 2,256 PA for the Rays and Gomes had 1,470, they both had there chances and they both proved to be decent platoon players. Gomes actually would look pretty good as a platoon DH with Dejesus.

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