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The Cubs sign Ryan Sweeney to a two-year deal

Oct 8, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

Why wait until the offseason to sign dudes?


Sweeney hit .266/.324/.448 with six homers and 19 RBI in 212 plate appearances this season. The Cubs had signed him to a minor league deal and called him up on May 6.

He made $1.75M for the Red Sox in 2012, so now he’s basically back up to his old salary level, this time with some job security. Although maybe not location security: there was talk of trading Sweeney over the summer. If he has a decent start next year the Cubs could always shop him again.

  1. APBA Guy - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Good for Sweeney. People here liked him. It was just unfortunate he had so many injuries.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM


    And Theo’s philosophy of collecting ridiculously light-hitting outfielders continues.

    That is definitely going to turn the franchise around post-haste.

    • numbr4stuna - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      People like you seriously don’t get it. The Cubs are stockpiling young talent for a 2015 turnaround. In the meantime, they have to field a team and signing low risk free agents who may catch lightning in a bottle is the perfect way of getting young talent in return. If he has a good year, he gets traded at the deadline for prospects. If he has a bad year, the Cubs are out 3.5 mil for a player who won’t be around when the core talent arrives at the big league level anyway.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Yeah, Ryan Sweeney is ripe for catching lightning in a bottle.

        Too bad if he had to break lightning out of the bottle he wouldn’t have enough pop in his bat to do it.

  3. chiadam - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Good work, Theo. The Cubs needed more old guys with no detectable baseball skills of any kind. They’re key to rebuilding. Now go work on bringing in another 18 infield prospects.

  4. hersheysquirts588 - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Ryan Sweeny is what, 28? How is that old? Not saying he’s a stud but he’s def not old

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      The problem is he is a fourth outfielder at best.

      Will he be the Cubs fourth outfielder? Who knows? Because you see, with Theo in charge, there will be 3 other fourth outfielders on the roster.

      “Which one starts in right field tonight…..Sweeney or….Darnell McDonald….?”

  5. savior72 - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Uh oh here come the Cubs. Good luck with that 2015 turnaround.

  6. marke017 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    The sheer stupidity in most of these comments is mind blowing. You realize that no one on the roster next year matters other than a few players right? They could literally sign you guys to the team for the next year and a half and it wouldn’t affect the long term plan.

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      They should market that angle.

      I’m willing to bet having 0 fans show up would kind of affect the long term plan.

      • marke017 - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:23 AM

        You really are an idiot.

  7. savior72 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    The Cubs have the longest long term plan anyone has lived through(and died) waiting for it to come to fruition.

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