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  • A's reportedly sign Mike Sweeney to a Minor League contract

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/s...e=MLBHeadlines

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    Veteran free agent Mike Sweeney has reached agreement on a minor league 
    contract with the Oakland Athletics, according to multiple reports.
    
    Sweeney, 34, has spent his entire career with Kansas City since the Royals 
    selected him in the 10th round of the 1991 draft.
    
    He made five All-Star teams with the Royals and finished 11th in the 
    American League MVP balloting in 2000 when he hit .333 with 29 homers 
    and 144 RBIs.
    
    Sweeney has been limited to 134 games because of injuries the past two 
    seasons. The San Diego Padres expressed interest in him before reaching an 
    agreement with Tony Clark to fill their need for a veteran hitter off the 
    bench.
    
    Sweeney is expected to play some first base and DH for the A's, and he'll 
    add some right-handed balance to a lineup that is heavy with left-handed 
    hitters. Daric Barton, Jack Cust and Dan Johnson -- Oakland's top three 
    options at first base and DH -- all hit from the left side.
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  • #2
    That's potentially a GREAT pick-up for the As...though I don't know how he's going to find PT competing with Cust and Barton.

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    • #3
      old and injury prone.....wait till our "state of the art" trainers work out his kinks...there's no doubt he's due for an oblique injury if he reports early with the pitchers and catchers... if they are going with the premise of playing the youngsters with the future in mind ,then we don't need guys like Sweeney or Emil Brown around ......or Foulke.....

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      • #4
        OOPS!!
        I overlooked this thread and put up another one on Sweeney's signing! Maybe we can merge the threads!

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        • #5
          You will like the Sweeney is a stand up guy who takes responsibility for his actions. On the down side he gets hurt a lot, takes forever to recover, a sub-standard fielder, and may have lost his batting eye.

          Amongst non-malingerers Sweeney must be the all-time record holder for slowest recovery times from various injuries.
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          • #6
            Sad day for Royal's fans.

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            • #7
              Man, was this guy clutch about 8 years ago. It'll be interesting to see if he has anything left and if so, how much he can contribute.
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