Sweeney was placed on waivers Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Phil Miller reports. He was told that he will not make the Twins roster, which is not surprising, given the young talent in the organization. Sweeney said he hopes to get picked up on waivers and is unsure if he would accept an assignment to the Twins' Triple-A affiliate.
Sweeney went 3-for-4 in Friday's spring training win over Boston. He's hitting .346 (9-for-26) this spring. Sweeney is a long shot to make the final roster and will likely add depth at Triple-A. However, he's showing he can still play after taking last year off after he didn't make a major league roster.
Sweeney signed a minor-league deal with the Twins on Thursday, and will receive an invite to spring training. The 30-year-old outfielder does not have much to offer the Twins on the field, but he is one of those veterans who has 80-grade makeup and is good to have in spring training to help show younger players what it means to be a pro. He will likely head to to Triple-A at the start of the 2016 season.
The Cubs have released outfielder Ryan Sweeney. Sweeny was designated for assignment after failing to win a spot on the team's Opening Day roster. The nine-year veteran has hit .276/.333/.380 in 2,118 career at-bats.
The Cubs selected the contract of infielder Jonathan Herrera Sunday, awarding him a spot on the team's Opening Day roster. Matt Szczur has also made the team as a reserve outfielder. Herrera hit .293/.341/.317 in 41 spring at-bats to earn a roster spot. Szczur hit .354/.426/.792 with five home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases in 48 spring at-bats. Outfielder Ryan Sweeney was designated for assignment Sunday to clear a 40-man roster spot for Herrera.