Mike Sweeney‘s best days are behind him, but the Phillies hope that he has just enough left in him to help the Phillies over the last couple months of the season.
The Phillies agreed to send either a player or cash to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Sweeney, who will become the Phillies everyday first baseman. Starting first baseman Ryan Howard is on the DL with an ankle sprain. Sweeney gives the Phillies a right-handed power bat for their heavily left-handed laden lineup.
With Seattle, Sweeney was on the DL twice this season with back issues and was actually on a rehab assignment when the Phillies acquired him.
Sweeney’s best season came in 2000 with the Kansas City Royals. That season, Sweeney hit 29-144-.333 and earned his first All-Star spot. From 1999-2005, Sweeney averaged 23 home runs and 97 RBI while hitting .313 with the Royals.
The Phillies won’t activate Sweeney until he meets up with the club in Florida, likely on Thursday. There is no announcement about what move the Phillies will make to clear a roster spot for Sweeney. The Phillies will owe Sweeney approximately $221 thousand for the rest of the season and he will be eligible for free agency following the season.
Sweeney’s stint with the Phillies will be his first in the National League, having played with Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle in his career. In Inter-League play though, Sweeney has hit .319 with 17 home runs and 98 RBI in 142 games against the National League.