CR Native Sweeney Gets Minor League Deal With Red Sox

By Jeff Johnson, Reporter

Boston Red Sox's Ryan Sweeney, right, is congratulated by Adrian Gonzalez after scoring on a hit by Dustin Pedroia in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Ryan Sweeney has finally found a landing spot. A familiar one.

The outfielder from Cedar Rapids has signed a minor-league deal with the Boston Red Sox,. Sweeney, 28, became a free agent before Christmas after the Red Sox declined to offer him salary arbitration.

He hit .260 in ain injury-shortened 63-game season in 2012, missing the last month and a half after breaking his hand punching a clubhouse door after making an out. Boston acquired him this past offseason in a trade from the Oakland Athletics, where he played four seasons.

Sweeney is a .280 hitter in 575 career MLB games. Though he signed a minor-league deal, it’s assumed he will be invited to major league spring training in a couple of weeks.

“So excited to be back with Boston!” Sweeney said on Twitter. “Thanks to the red sox for the opportunity to play there again. Spring training here we come.”

Sweeney is a .280 hitter in 575 career MLB games. Though he signed a minor-league deal, it’s assumed he will be invited to major league spring training in a couple of weeks.

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