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Red Sox Avoid Arbitration With Ryan Sweeney

The Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $1.75MM deal with Ryan Sweeney, reports The Associated Press.  The deal allows Boston to avoid going to arbitration with Sweeney, who was arb-eligible for the second time in his career.  Sweeney is represented by Reynolds Sports Management. 

Sweeney was acquired by the Sox as part of the Andrew Bailey trade last month.  The left-handed batter hit .265/.346/.341 in 299 plate appearances for the A's last season and is currently slated to be part of a right field platoon at Fenway Park next year.

Matt Swartz projected Sweeney to earn $1.6MM in arbitration this winter.  The Red Sox have eight more arb-eligible players, as per MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker, including such big names as Bailey, David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard.

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