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The End of an Era: A's Sign Mike Sweeney

It's official.  It's the end of the Mike Sweeney era here in Kansas City.

The Oakland Athletics have officially signed Sweeney to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

He will enter camp on Wednesday, February 13 with a chance to win a DH or 1B slot with the club.  A typical low-risk signing for a low-budget team in the midst of a 'youth movement'.  Probable tradebait mid-season, assuming he will stay healthy (which he won't).

To be honest, I'm sort of relieved Sweeney and his baggage - constant injuries and captain of a perennial losing franchise - are officially out of a K.C. players uniform.  I would be open minded to retaining him in some role after his playing career ends - either as batting coach, in the front office, or in front of a microphone.

Any thoughts on the signing?  What will Sweeney's role be in 2008, if he even plays?  I'm looking forward to playing against him in Arizona this spring.

Promoted to front page - NHZ

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