Cubs sign Ryan Sweeney to minor league contract

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Ryan Sweeney was released by the Red Sox on March 30 after batting just .217 with a .547 OPS across 52 Grapefruit League plate appearances.

But it didn’t take long for him to find a new gig.

Via Evan Drellich of MassLive.com, the Cubs have signed the 28-year-old outfielder to a minor league contract and assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa. He will serve as organizational outfield depth this summer for the Northsiders.

Sweeney is a .280/.338/.378 career hitter in 1,900 major league plate appearances. He came up with the White Sox then played four years with the A’s and one with Boston.

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.

Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.

There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?

All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.

If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.