4/3 Cubs sign Sweeney
The Cubs have reportedly signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who was released by the Red Sox, to a Minor League deal, and he was to report to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. It’s good news for Sweeney, who lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 28-year-old batted .217 in 21 games this spring with the Red Sox, and was then released.
“[I'm] just frustrated with the situation with how it happened, not making the team and stuff like that,” Sweeney told MassLive.com. “Hindsight’s always 20-20 signing with a team and being a free agent. I don’t regret signing with them. I just wish things had worked out a little different.”
A left-handed hitter, he’s played for the White Sox, Athletics and Red Sox, and has a career .280 average over seven big league seasons.
Sweeney announced his signing on his Twitter account: “So pumped to get this opportunity with the Cubs. I know I have made a lot of Midwest people happy. Looking forward to a great 2013 season!”
– Carrie Muskat