C.R.’s Sweeney to sign 2-year deal to return to the Cubs

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By KCRG Sports

Unlike last year at this time, Ryan Sweeney knows where he’ll be when spring training rolls around. And he knows where he’ll be on opening day, too.

The Cedar Rapids native reached a two-year contract Tuesday afternoon with the Chicago Cubs. The deal is worth $3.5 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“I’m glad to be back and have this taken care of soon,” Sweeney told the Tribune. “(Cubs president) Theo Epstein had a meeting with me and told me he wanted to get something done. We were able to negotiate in a couple of weeks.”

Sweeney has been beleaguered by injuries during his career, suffering a fractured rib this season after running into the outfield wall in Seattle. He impressed the Cubs with an ability to play all three outfield positions, hitting .266 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 70 games.

The 28-year-old signed a minor-league deal last offseason with the Boston Red Sox but did not make the club out of spring training and signed with Chicago. He opened the 2013 season in Triple-A but was recalled and was playing regularly until injuring his rib.

Sweeney is a .278 career hitter in the majors, spending time with the Cubs, Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics.

“So excited to be back in Chicago it really feels like I am home,” Sweeney said on Twitter. “Thanks to the cubs organization and fans for believing in me.”

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