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Mike Sweeney, July surprise of 2007?

How about it?  I am just floating the idea out there.  Sweeney has one year left on his hometown discount contract with the Royals, at 11 million per x5y.  The 1B/DH position on the A's is jam packed already, but no one we have is a sure thing.  Sweeney is.  Check out his three year split from Dave Pinto's day-to-day database:
http://www.baseballmusings.com/cgi-bin/BatterSplits.py?StartDate=04%2F03%2F2004&EndDate=09%2F30% 2F2006&GameType=all&PlayedFor=0&PlayedVs=0&Park=0&PlayerID=634&BatterType=1

I had thought Sweeney was over the hill, but his numbers still looked fantastic for any A's fan.  Sure, he may not hit .300 any more, but you can count on roughly 850 OPS from him.  Now that Royals have a second 55 million dollar man in Gil Meche I am sure they are willing to shed a few millions here and there.  The only thing is that the A's don't have much of a high minor farm talent for trades.  Wait, I thought that's what the Royals were for having given us the likes of Damon and Dye.  That could be another problem--I am sure the Berrora trade still stings.

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