The Cubs aren’t focusing all of their energy and attention on New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
While searching for Dale Sveum’s replacement, the Cubs also reached an agreement with outfielder Ryan Sweeney on a two-year, $3.5 million deal, a club source confirmed Tuesday.
The contract, first reported by USA TODAY, contains an option for 2016. Sweeney will make $1.5 million in each of the first two seasons – and $2.5 million or a $500,000 buyout in the final year.
Sweeney, who will be 29 next season, turned out to be a nice pick-up after getting released by the Boston Red Sox just before Opening Day. He hit .266 with six homers, 19 RBI and a .772 OPS in 70 games. He fits the profile for this front office as a left-handed bat and an athletic defender.
Sweeney showed that on June 29 by crashing into the center-field wall at Seattle’s Safeco Field. He made the catch but fractured a rib and wound up missing two months.
Sweeney posted this message on his personal Twitter account: “So excited to be back in Chicago. it really feels like I am home. Thanks to the cubs organization and fans for believing in me.”