Friday, January 13, 2012

Red Sox Avoid Arbitration With Ryan Sweeney

Today, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Ryan Sweeney on a contract which would help the sides to avoid arbitration. The deal is worth $1.75 million over 1 year, and the Red Sox potentially have to face arbitration with 8 more players this offseason. Sweeney batted .265/1/25 in 2011 and in his career has averaged .283/5/58 per 162 games. If the season started today, the Red Sox would likely have Sweeney platooning with Darnell McDonald as the starting right fielders. Sweeney, being a lefty, would face righties in this platoon, and in 2011, he batted .286 off of righties. McDonald batted .260 off of lefties. The two would form an unspectacular but effective duo for the right field spot. Sweeney is a pretty good outfielder, having to man the spacious Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland for several years. He would probably adjust well to Fenway as he has compiled a 16.0 UZR/150 in his career in right. Solid move by the Sox to lock up a potential right fielder for a low cost.

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