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C.R.'s Sweeney not offered salary arbitration by Red Sox, becomes free agent

Boston Red Sox's Ryan Sweeney, who replaced an injured Jacoby Ellsbury earlier in the game, watches his two-run single i
Boston Red Sox's Ryan Sweeney, who replaced an injured Jacoby Ellsbury earlier in the game, watches his two-run single in the eight inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during the home opening day baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, April 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Looks like Ryan Sweeney's time in Boston was short.

The Cedar Rapids resident was not offered salary abitration by the Boston Red Sox by Friday night's Major League Baseball deadline, thus becomes a free agent, eligible to sign with anyone.

Sweeney was acquired in a trade last offseason from the Oakland Athletics but played in only 63 games this season for Boston, hitting .260 with 16 RBIs. He missed the final month and a half of the season after breaking a finger punching a clubhouse door at Fenway Park.

Technically, Sweeney could re-sign with the Red Sox. He is a career .280 hitter in 535 MLB games with Boston, Oakland and the Chicago White Sox.