BHSN: Patience Pays Off for Joyce

Dock of the Rays’ first contribution to Bright House Sports Network online is up and it is about the red hot Matt Joyce. Click here to read the full article over at BHSN.com.

On December 10th, 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays traded much-maligned starting pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Matt Joyce. At the time, the Rays saw their starting pitching depth as a strength of the club, but recognized a short-coming in the high-level depth for the outfield position.

Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, and Gabe Gross were key cogs of the 2008 club, but the team lacked a reliable fourth outfielder.  That led to the acquisition of Joyce. When the move was made, executive vice president Andrew Friedman was quoted as saying, “We feel like he’s got a chance to be a really good player who could be a key part of our lineup for years.”

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