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Angels Trade Kevin Jepsen to TB for OF Matt Joyce

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Longtime reliever sent to Florida

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The Angels have traded veteran relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen to Tampa Bay for outfielder Matt Joyce.

The left-handed hitting Joyce is one of the better bets in baseball against right handed hitters and might be a perfect complement to C.J. Cron as designated hitter.

If Josh Hamilton were not in the way, Joyce would be the obvious platoon partner with Collin Cowgill in Left Field. This move might be an admission that HamBone is destined to sit on the bench if he cannot hit his way out of what is becoming a three-year (and let's face it, probably permanent) slump.

Jepsen meanwhile was sold high after what was his best season in the bigs. He was one of four Angels along with Howie Kendrick, Jered Weaver and Erick Aybar to play for the 2009 division winners that beat the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. Angels fans had a love/hate relationship with his inconsistent results, but he was cheered-for wildly in 2014 with his 2.63 ERA and some of the quickest seventh innings this side of Scot Shields in any Angel fan's memory.

The Angels bullpen has now sent Jairo Diaz to the Rockies for Josh Rutledge and now Jepsen to the Rays for Joyce. Jerry Dipoto has dealt from a position of strength to shore up some parts of the ship. How many more moves he makes before we set sail remains to be seen.