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Phillies get Sweeney from Mariners

Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:13 pm
Mike Sweeney The Phillies needed a first baseman. The Mariners needed to figure out what to do with Mike Sweeney. Problems solved.

A day after the Phillies placed first baseman Ryan Howard on the disabled list with an ankle sprain, and a day after Sweeney's rehab stint expired, the teams made a deal Wednesday to ship the 37-year-old slugger to Philadelphia for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports via Twitter that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Sweeney will be the starting first baseman in Howard's absence. Ross Gload should also get some starts there.

Sweeney has been on the disabled list since late June with back spasms, but he's basically been stashed there since the acquisition of Justin Smoak (since demoted) in the Cliff Lee deal.

In fact, he recently told the Tacoma News Tribune: "I’ve felt fine for about 35 days now. It’s a little unfortunate that I’ve been on the DL this long. I’ve been healthy pretty much since the day they put me on the DL. Really, it’s pretty much out of my control."

Sweeney is seriously injury-prone, but when he's healthy he still has some pop. In 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma, he batted .366, and in his final rehab game Tuesday he hit a pair of two-run homers. In 99 at-bats with the Mariners, he hit six homers (and batted .263/.327/.475).

Sweeney is known as one of the friendliest players in baseball (a June poll of major-leaguers by named him the nicest in the game), but there were early-season indications he'd had several disagreements with manager Don Wakamatsu.

Sweeney cleared waivers, which means every American League team and every National League team with a record worse than Philadelphia passed on claiming him. Sweeney is making $650,000 this season and will be a free agent.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:10 am

Phillies get Sweeney from Mariners

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Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 6:00 pm

Phillies get Sweeney from Mariners

Wonder if Howard injury is more serious then we think. Either way our offense has been dissapointing all year so it really doesnt matter as long as we get great starting pitching and our bullpen isnt totally awful the NL East is ours.

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