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Cubs sign Ryan Sweeney to minor league contract

Apr 2, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

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Ryan Sweeney was released by the Red Sox on March 30 after batting just .217 with a .547 OPS across 52 Grapefruit League plate appearances.

But it didn’t take long for him to find a new gig.

Via Evan Drellich of, the Cubs have signed the 28-year-old outfielder to a minor league contract and assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa. He will serve as organizational outfield depth this summer for the Northsiders.

Sweeney is a .280/.338/.378 career hitter in 1,900 major league plate appearances. He came up with the White Sox then played four years with the A’s and one with Boston.

  1. lyon810 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    This guy is an absolute stud in my MVP 08 game for PC (converted from MVP 05)

  2. tfbuckfutter - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Never change, Theo.

    He must not know Mark Kotsay is also available.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      Minor league contract. What’s your problem with this?

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        I don’t have a problem with it.

        I find it hilarious because Theo is no longer running the Red Sox, and gumming up the high minors and major league roster with shitty outfielders who struggle to hit their weight and have no power.

        Isn’t Darnell McDonald already in the Cubs farm system, or did he make the major league roster?

        How many guys who can’t slug more the .350 does Theo really think he needs working the corner outfields in his system?

      • 18thstreet - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        It seems to me that the high minors are the place for a guy like Sweeney. He’s not blocking anyone’s path and he can adequately fill in if one of the starters gets injured. He can hit righties okay. He’s 28 years old, so there’s reason to think he might get a little better. Seems very sensible to me.

        The Cubs are going to be pretty bad this year. Would you prefer they traded for Vernon Wells?

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Of COURSE he is blocking someone. He is blocking ANYONE.

        He’s not going to get any better.

        And they are. They are carrying Sweeney AND McDonald in AAA….two guys who are not major league hitters, and who have long since tapped their potential.

        They are just wasting space…at least carrying BOTH of them is….you carry one who can fill in in a worst case scenario at the MLB level, but carrying two terrible corner outfielders with no potential is idiotic. They are blocking anyone who actually has potential.

        And if you say they don’t have anyone that has more potential than these two guys….then you are admitting they are just filling up space. Space that could be filled by a AA player. I don’t know the Cubs farm system, but I am sure there is someone at the AA level who would be a better player long term than Ryan Sweeney or Darnell McDonald.

        You don’t have to agree with me at this point, but you will see it happen. He stocks the AAA club with washed-up talent.

  3. munsonsgravity - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Surprised the Yankees weren’t all over this guy. He’s better than Gardner, Ichiro or the Corpse of Vernon Wells.

  4. hitdog042 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Sweeney better than Gardner and Ichiro? Smoking much?

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