The Twins have released outfielder Ryan Sweeney, the team announced. Sweeney signed a minor league deal in December that would’ve paid him $750K had he made Minnesota’s roster.
Sweeney sat out the 2015 season in order to get healthy from a series of nagging injuries that had plagued his career. The well-regarded defender was hoping to win a job as a backup outfielder for the Twins, and he’d been hitting well (.294/.400/.412) over 40 Spring Training plate appearances. The 31-year-old has a .276/.333/.380 slash line over 2338 career PA with the White Sox, A’s, Red Sox and Cubs over nine years in the bigs, most notably as a starter in Oakland in the late aughts.