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Red Sox and Ryan Sweeney avoid arbitration with one-year, $1.75 million deal

Jan 13, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

Ryan Sweeney

According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox and Ryan Sweeney avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Sweeney, who was acquired from the Athletics last month in the Andrew Bailey trade, earned $1.4 million last season while batting .265/.346/.341 with one home run, 25 RBI and a .687 OPS over 299 plate appearances. The 27-year-old outfielder is under team control through 2013.

The Red Sox may add another outfielder before spring training, but it currently looks like Sweeney will share playing time in right field with Darnell McDonald and possibly Mike Aviles. Ryan Kalish underwent surgery in November to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but he could be a factor in May or June.

  1. bigharold - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    So far today the RS offered Capt Sucker Punch a minor league deal, .. perhaps, .. to come back and be third stink catcher and avoid arbitration with a 1.75 Mil contract

    The Yankees make a move for a very good young pitcher and sign Kuroda.

    Advantage Yankees.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      …and I read just a few minutes ago that the Yankees are looking at Carlos Pena for some more offense.

      Big Advantage Yankees.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:00 AM

        Whatever, they can have his 30+ HRs while he struggles to reach the Mendoza Line.

      • aceshigh11 - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        True, but the two pitchers the Yankees acquired still leaves them with a huge advantage relative to the Sox.

        They’d better get busy, even though there isn’t much left out there.

  2. hammyofdoom - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    The sad, crippling irony of the yankees making headlines about acquiring two starting pitchers while the Red Sox sign a 4th outfielder to a MLB contract was not lost on moi.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:10 AM

    I don’t really know what to think of the Sox at this point. On one hand, Pedroia, Gonzo, and Ellsbury are among the league’s best. On the other, the Crawford contract almost makes me wonder if Theo didn’t leave the new Cubs to join the actual Cubs. They lost an All Star closer and replaced him with a younger but not as solid one.

    The main thing is their rotation still needs fixing, and now that the Yankees have addressed that same problem methinks the Sox will have to get to work. The only problem is with what the Yankees just did there isn’t a lot left for them. Oswalt would be Smoltz 2.0 and Edwin Jackson is Edwin Jackson. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens now.

    • aceshigh11 - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Smoltz 2.0?

      That’s quite an exaggeration. Oswalt isn’t NEARLY as old or as past his prime as Smoltz was.

      Not saying that Oswalt is the ideal choice for the Sox…he would be a big risk given his bad back for the asking price, but the Smoltz comparison is imperfect.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        Be that as it may, the Sox haven’t had much luck getting anything out of pitchers past their prime. Smoltz and Colon are just a couple of names that come to mind.

  4. hushbrother - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    That doesn’t seem like much of a platoon in right field. Unless Sweeney unexpectedly mashes it could combine for an OPS of around .650-.700.

    • Ari Collins - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Sweeney has a .700 OPS against righties, Aviles and McDonald .800 against lefties. And Sweeney’s finally going to a good hitter’s park (though not a total bandbox if you’re a lefty). I’d say .700-.750.

      Considering what Boston got out of RF last year (.670 OPS), that’s an improvement.

  5. Ari Collins - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Rumor has it the Sox simply couldn’t match Kuroda’s price tag, and Oswalt is similarly out of reach. Oh well. Unless you’re the Yankees, you can only buy so much.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Couldn’t or didn’t want to?

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