{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"event":["opening_day" ] }

Cubs ink Sweeney, Murphy to Minor League deals

|
Cubs ink Sweeney, Murphy to Minor League deals play video for Cubs ink Sweeney, Murphy to Minor League deals

PITTSBURGH -- The Cubs signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who was released by the Red Sox, and infielder Donnie Murphy, who was let go by the Brewers, to Minor League deals, and both were to report to Triple-A Iowa.

It was good news for Sweeney, who lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sweeney, 28, batted .217 in 21 games this spring with the Red Sox, and was released on Sunday.

A left-handed hitter, he's played for the White Sox, Athletics and Red Sox, and has a career .280 average over seven seasons.

Sweeney announced his signing on his Twitter account:

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the organization lacks left-handed hitters.

"He's always been a quality hitter," Sveum said of Sweeney. "He doesn't hit a lot of home runs or anything like that, but he's always been an on-base guy, doesn't strike out much."

Murphy batted .239 in 24 games this spring with Milwaukee, and has a career .205 average in 244 games with the Marlins.

"He's that hard-nosed utility-type player who will catch the ball wherever he plays," Sveum said. "He hasn't had a whole lot of at-bats in the big leagues. He did swing the bat OK in the Minor Leagues. He kind of strikes out a little too much for that role. He's a guy you can rely on defensively. He's a little gamer-type guy."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["opening_day" ] }
{"event":["opening_day" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español