ACES Baseball Agency client Matt Joyce, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016, has agreed to a new deal with the Oakland A’s.
ACES Baseball Agency client Joyce hit .242 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 140 games with Pittsburgh last year. He started 30 games in RF and 14 in LF; he also excelled as a pinch-hitter, leading all pinch hitters in RBI (15), walks (21 in just 81 PA), and tied for the MLB lead in pinch-hit HRs (4).
The 32-year-old left-handed hitter drew 59 free passes overall in just 293 PA (231 AB), posting a .403 on-base percentage, which was fourth best in the National League among players with 250+ PA.
ACES Baseball agency client Joaquin Benoit, who played for the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays in 2016, has agreed to a new deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
ACES Baseball agency client Benoit went a combined 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA for the Mariners and Blue Jays last season, with a 150 ERA+ and 52K in 47 IP, including a 0.38 ERA for the Blue Jays after they acquired him on June 26th for their stretch run.
Over the past seven seasons, only Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel have a better WHIP than Benoit’s 0.98 WHIP in that span.
Baseball agent Sam Levinson clients Dustin McGowan, Jeff Locke and A.J. Ellis are taking their talents to South Beach. The trio recently signed deals with the Miami Marlins.
McGowan returns to Miami after posting a 1-3 record with a 2.82 ERA in 55 appearances and 140 ERA+ for the Marlins last season. (See McGowan’s career stats).
Ellis joins Miami after a season split between the Dodgers and Phillies. He brings nine-plus years of MLB experience to Miami, where he’s expected to handle a young and talented pitching staff.
ACES Inc. Baseball client Welington Castillo has agreed to a new deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
Castillo, who hit 31 HRs over the past two seasons in just 760 AB for the Diamondbacks, adds even more thunder to a potent Orioles lineup in the AL East.
Last season, ACES Inc. Baseball client Welington Castillo put up a .264/.322/.423 slash line with a career high 68 RBI, 24 2B and 38 XBH.
Excerpting from Castillo’s interview with Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun: “I want to win here. This is a team that’s been in the playoffs a couple years, and I know and I think this team is going to be a competitor, going to be competing in the league, so I want to be a part of this when this team is going to be a champion. I want to win a championship with the Orioles.” (Full interview and article).