Monday, February 04, 2008

Sweeney Interested in Padres

Mike Sweeney is said to be interested in signing with the San Diego Padres and is going to work out for the team next week at Petco Park according to this article in the San Diego Union-Tribune yesterday. [Hat tip to MLB Fleece Factor.]

The thought is that Sweeney might spell relief for Padre first baseman Adrian Gonzalez against lefties since Gonzalez hits left-handed. Gonzalez hit .263 against lefties last year vs. .290 against righties, but he did hit nine of his 30 home runs against lefties in less than half the number of at bats, so I can see Sweeney playing more of a pinch-hitting role than anything else if he signs with San Diego. And of course, he’d probably DH when the Padres play interleague games.

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