Red Sox will not offer contract to Sweeney, Fox Sports reports

By Jeff Louderback

Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who was acquired with Andrew Bailey from Oakland for Josh Reddick and minor leaguers last offseason, will be non-tendered by the Boston Red Sox today, according to FoxSports’ Jon Morosi.

The move would free another spot on Boston’s crowded 40-man roster. Sweeney, who is 27, hit .260 with no home runs in 219 plate appearances and missed a chunk of time on the disabled list after punching a wall. Sweeney’s presence on the 40-man roster is not needed because of 24-year-old prospect Ryan Kalish.

Like Sweeney, Kalish is a left-handed hitter who proficiently plays all three outfield spots, but Kalish has more power and an ability to hit for a higher average than Sweeney. Kalish struggled with a .229 average no home runs in 103 plate appearances for the Red Sox in 2012, but he was not fully recovered from shoulder and neck injuries that caused him to miss most of the 2011 season and part of the 2012 campaign. He is expected to be healthy when spring training arrives and could serve as a platoon in left field with Jonny Gomes.

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