Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Re-Signing Ryan Sweeney Was A Good Move By The Cubs

     On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs re-signed 28-year-old outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a 2-year deal worth around $3.5 million. The 6'4" 224-pound southpaw will receive $1.5 million in 2014 & 2015 with a $2.5 million option or a $500K buyout. Sweeney would have been eligible to test the free agent market this off season, but decided to take a guaranteed deal from the Cubs instead. He had a solid 2013 season, as in limited action, he slashed .266/.324/.448 along with 6 homers & 19 RBI in just 212 plate appearances. He missed nearly 60 games with a rib injury he suffered after he crashed into an outfield wall on June 29th against the Seattle Mariners. 

     Sweeney can play all three outfield positions, and can be a very valuable 4th outfielder if need be. Although, I think Sweeney will be a starter in the Cubs outfield next season, as he possess great opposite field hitting when playing at Wrigley Field. He should provide some pop in the middle of the Cubs 2014 lineup, and given the fact that the Cubs are currently rebuilding, Sweeney could also be a possible mentor to some of the younger guys on the team. 

     It should be interesting to see how Sweeney fits in with the Cubs next season. He must stay healthy if he wants to be productive. If he can do that, expect some big things out of Ryan Sweeney in 2014.

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