Andrew Bailey may have been the name that headlined the Red Sox' deal with the A's this offseason, but Ryan Sweeney could prove to a be valuable player for the hometown club.
Sweeney agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2012 season on Friday, thus avoiding salary arbitration. The deal is reportedly worth $1.75 million.
Sweeney, who turns 27 next month, figures to see time in the outfield off the bench for the Sox this season, particularly in right field, where there still isn't a clear-cut Opening Day starter.
Sweeney hit .265 with one home run and 25 RBIs is 264 at-bats with Oakland last season. He brings a career. 283 average and .346 on-base percentage to Boston. He possesses the ability to play each outfield position, which would give the Sox some flexibility.
The seventh-year pro is mostly known for his defensive prowess. He didn't commit an error in 153 total chances in the outfield last season, his second straight errorless campaign (also 153 chances in 2010).
As mentioned, Sweeney arrived in the deal that netted the Sox Bailey in exchange for Josh Reddick and two prospects.
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