Ryan Sweeney, Red Sox outfielder
The 6-foot-4 Sweeney didn’t hit a lot of home runs before coming to Boston, and the trend continued when he joined the Red Sox last season.
Before coming to Boston, the 27-year-old played four years with the Oakland A's and two years with the Chicago White Sox.
Sweeney came to the Red Sox—along with closer Andrew Bailey—via a trade with the Oakand A’s for outfielder Josh Reddick, who hit 32 homers for the playoff-bound Athletics.
On Opening Day, it was Sweeney who rallied the Red Sox back, only to ultimately lose, 3-2, in Detroit. But there were few highlights beyond that. In 63 games, Sweeney hit .260 with 16 RBIs and no home runs, then was lost for the season when he broke a bone in his left hand punching a metal door at Fenway Park.
Sweeney made $1,750,00 last season and was granted free agency in November.