Mike Sweeney Rumors

Mike Sweeney Hopes To Play In 2010

Designated hitter Mike Sweeney hopes to play again in 2010, according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.  He'll have to postpone microfracture knee surgery to do so.  The 36 year-old is hitting .277/.335/.441 in 236 plate appearances, his best power display since '05.  He's on a $500K minor league deal signed in January.

Sweeney told Baker he decided to play next year after receiving support from his wife.  His two choices are the Mariners and the Angels.

Mariners Sign Mike Sweeney

According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, the Mariners signed Mike Sweeney to a minor league contract.  Sweeney, 35, hit .286/.331/.397 in 136 plate appearances for the A’s in ’08 while missing time with knee problems.  No harm in giving him a look.

Odds and Ends: Aurilia, Sweeney, Nady

Still more Tuesday links…

Week in Review: 9/7 – 9/13

Just a few weeks left in the regular season, but plenty of news here on MLBTR still. Let’s look back at the past week:

  • The Mets received terrible news when they learned that their All-Star closer, Billy Wagner, will need Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2009. Wagner does not expect to return to the Mets, and apparently the Mets have already told him his 2010 option will not be exercised. The Mets seem likely to be in the Francisco Rodriguez and Brian Fuentes mix. On that note, Fuentes will probably not return to Colorado next season.
  • I’m taking this one with a grain of salt, but it sure makes for a headline: Mark McGwire would consider playing again? Big Mac says he can still hit if someone wants him. However, it seems to me there’s another 40-something former slugger with steroid allegations who says the same thing, and no one’s biting on that front…
  • Adam Dunn hasn’t heard anything about a possible extension from the Diamondbacks, but he’s not worried about it. He doesn’t sound too pleased with former teammate Bronson Arroyo these days, however…
  • Speaking of Dunn, the Reds officially acquired Micah Owings as part of their trade of him this week.
  • Tim updated the Offseason Outlook series, with installments for the Nationals, Royals, and Pirates. He also took a look at some of the potential big-name free agents following the 2009 season.
  • The Elias Rankings for American League and National League relievers are out.
  • Two minor moves: The A’s released designated hitter Mike Sweeney, and the Brewers claimed pitcher Todd Coffey.

Odds and Ends: Ellis, Patterson, Sweeney

Rounding up today’s links…

A’s Release Mike Sweeney

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s released DH/good guy Mike Sweeney today.  He signed a $500K deal in February, and played pretty well in April.  However, the A’s signed Frank Thomas and Sweeney went down for eventual knee surgery in May.  He tried to come back last week, but probably needs to go under the knife again.

Odds and Ends: Kazmir, Thomas, Sweeney

We’ll kick it off with a few links today and add more bullets periodically.

Frank Thomas Wants To Return To A’s

According to MLB.com’s Mychael Urban, A’s DH Frank Thomas would like to return to the team for the ’09 season.  Thomas likes the team’s direction and wants to play until he’s 41 or 42 (he’s turned 40 in May).  He won’t be looking for big money.  Thomas believes Mike Sweeney would also like to return in ’09.

Thomas had a huge month of May after the Blue Jays let him go, but then missed all of June and July with a quad injury.  He hasn’t hit at all this month.  I imagine the A’s would be willing to bring him back for a million bucks or so.

Odds and Ends: Crisp, King, Sweeney

Here’s today’s linkage.

Odds and Ends: Dan Johnson, Baldelli, Soria

Let’s round up some linkage.