Philadelphia Phillies add Brandon Kintzler, Matt Joyce to MLB roster

By Field Level Media
Mar 21, 2021; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Phillies Matt Joyce (7) looks on during an at-bat in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Veterans Brandon Kintzler and Matt Joyce had their contracts purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday and both will be added to the team’s Opening Day roster next week.

Kintzler, a right-handed reliever with 11 years of experience, will be playing for the sixth different club in his career. Joyce, an outfielder, has 13 years of experience and will be playing for his eighth different club. Both players arrived in Phillies camp on minor league deals.

Another veteran reliever, left-hander Tony Watson, opted out of his minor league deal with the club and will become a free agent.

Kintzler, 36, has a career 3.31 ERA and 61 saves over 454 relief appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and most recently the Miami Marlins. He went 2-3 with a 2.22 ERA and 12 saves in 24 appearances last season with the Marlins.

Joyce, 36, is a career .244 hitter over 1,357 games and has 147 home runs and 496 RBIs for the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves and Marlins. He batted .252 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 46 games with the Marlins last season.

Watson, 35, has a career 2.80 ERA and 32 saves over 627 appearances over 10 seasons for the Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

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–Field Level Media