Sweeney inks minor-league deal with Boston

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Ryan Sweeney has finally found a landing spot. A familiar one.

The outfielder from Cedar Rapids has signed a minor-league deal with the Boston Red Sox. Sweeney, 28, became a free agent right before Christmas after the Red Sox declined to offer him salary arbitration.

He hit .260 in an injury-shortened 63-game season in 2012, missing the last month and a half after breaking his hand punching a clubhouse door following an out. Boston acquired him in the 2012 offseason in a trade from the Oakland Athletics, where he played four seasons.

"So excited to be back with Boston!" Sweeney said on Twitter. "Thanks to the red sox for the opportunity to play there again. Spring training here we come."

Sweeney is a .280 hitter in 575 career MLB games. Though he signed a minor-league deal, it's assumed he will be invited to major-league spring training in a couple of weeks.

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