Citing sources, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Wednesday that the Giants had agreed with Mark Sweeney
on a 2 year, $1.8 million contract. The report is as yet unconfirmed by other sources.
Sweeney, 36, had a career year with the Padres in 2005. A backup for most of his career, Sweeney hit .294 with a .395 on base percentage and a .466 slugging percentage. Sweeney is a left handed hitter who can play both first base and the outfield, filling a key Giants concern. Sweeney is not considered a good runner or defensive player, nor is he a slugger with 35 career home runs over 11 seasons in the bigs, and having never had double digits in a single season.
Sweeney, if signed, might be expected to platoon with young first baseman Lance Niekro
, who excelled against left handed pitching but had serious problems hitting right handers, and play in the outfield on days that either Barry Bonds
or Moises Alou
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An as-yet unconfirmed report by San Diego's Union-Tribune links the Giants to former San Diego first baseman Mark Sweeney.