10/8 Cubs sign Sweeney

The Cubs have signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a two-year, $3.5 million contract. Sweeney, 28, will get $1.5 million in 2014 and 2015, and the Cubs hold a $2.5 million option for 2016 that includes a $500,000 buyout.

The left-handed hitting outfielder batted .266 in 70 games with the Cubs, hitting six home runs, 13 doubles and two triples. He was sidelined from June 30-Sept. 1 with a fractured left rib suffered when he crashed into the outfield wall in Seattle on June 29. Sweeney was batting .295 before the injury.

Sweeney was one of five potential free agents on the Cubs, along with Scott Baker, Matt Guerrier, Dioner Navarro, and Kevin Gregg.

– Carrie Muskat

9 Comments

I like Sweeney, a “youthful veteran” with good defensive skills, obviously not scared of the wall, some pop in his bat and should hit near three hundred. The way things stand I could see him and not Rizzo batting third with Rizzo batting 4th? It’s going to be a great offseason watching Hoystein getting closer to fine tuning this roster more and more.

I think this a very good pickup.Low salary hard nose ball player that can be flipped at trade time.This sounds like the start of 2012,just starting a little earlier.Glad to know that someone still wants to stay in Chitown and play ball.Kudos to you Sweeney.

Unlikely, hopefully, to be in regular lineup. But getting him at basement price and a good kind of player to have around.

I believe Donnie Murphy is a free agent too.

Donnie Murphy is arbitration eligible for 2014, which means he is under the Cubs control and not a free agent.

We need Navarro! He was the best hitter on the team last season.

If Reed Johnson is available grab him.

Have you seen any Sam Fuld baserunning highlights? He has been stealing go-ahead runs. We should have kept him or Tony Campana.

Players like Fuld and Campana have proven their value to playoff contending teams. Even with limited playing time and offense their speed and defense if used properly by smart manages (Maddon) contribute to victories. Fuld was included in the Garza trade however so one cant’ really argue with “losing’ him. At least we received a quality pitcher, injuries of course being an UNFORSEEN factor. Not a bad trade by Hendry. Unusual yes, bad, no.

Campana was all speed and nothing else. He wasn’t a great hitter, couldn’t draw a walk to save his life, and was a below average fielder. The Cubs turned that plus speed and minus everything else into two young pitchers to keep an eye on as they progress through the minors over the next few years. Also, the Cubs have an outfielder at AA named John Andreoli. He’s not on the top prospects list, but he’s got speed (95 steals in two full minor league seasons) and knows how to take a walk (130 of them over two seasons). If he can just be an average fielder and hit higher than .250, then he’s a better version of Tony Campana. He probably won’t make the team out of Spring Training in 2014, but he’ll be interesting to watch at AA or AAA and possibly as a September call-up next season. There’s also Matt Szczur, who’s the same type of player and is currently #9 on mlb.com’s Cubs top 20 prospects list. Either one will probably make Cubs fans forget about Tony Campana in a hurry.

Doug, one thing I might add to Campana’s game, was his very waek throwing arm from CF.
I thought the Campana trade was brilliant as soon as I heard it. You have to really do some research to find the stats on the two Pitchers Hoyer received in return, but both were very successful this past year.
Leal and Castillo were 18 y/o or younger when acquired by the Cubs.
Very good trade in my opinion.

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