Athletics Avoid Arbitration With Ryan Sweeney

The Athletics have signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a one-year contract, reports MLB.com's Evan Drellich.  The deal will pay Sweeney $1.4MM in 2011, according to the Associated Press.  Sweeney was one of seven players tendered contracts by Oakland yesterday, and the signing means the club avoids arbitration with the 25-year-old.  Sweeney is represented by agent Larry Reynolds.

Sweeney hit .294/.342/.383 in 331 plate appearances with the A's in 2010, though he didn't play after July 11 due to a right knee injury that eventually required surgery.  Since coming to Oakland as part of the Nick Swisher trade in January 2008, Sweeney has a .740 OPS in 1298 plate appearances and has played all three outfield positions, though he mostly stuck to right field last year.  Sweeney made $420K with the A's last season and this would've been his first year of arbitration eligibility.


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11 Comments on "Athletics Avoid Arbitration With Ryan Sweeney"


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safari_punch
4 years 7 months ago

Ryan Sweeney. Legend.

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evenyoudorn
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve generally felt pretty bad about him getting away from the Sox on account of the OBP and defense… but now that I see that OPS, I’m a little more OK with it.

However, if you guys ever get tired of Chris Carter… we’d take him off your hands.

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4 years 7 months ago

I love Sweeney. He plays some great defense and showed he can hit for average also. If only his power was better, but hey i’ll take it!

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4 years 7 months ago

Not that it’s an unfair contract, but 1.4mm to a guy with the nickname “Swingles” a day after non-tendering Cust? I understand his defensive value, but it’s still salt in the wound.

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4 years 7 months ago

Sweeney has power, but he’s stubborn with his approach and settles for opposite field hits. I could see him easily with 15 hr/r .780-800+ ops, plus OF defense but he and the A’s seem content with his lack of in game power