Mike Sweeney to Oakland

By Jason Wojciechowski on February 11, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Mike Sweeney has finally joined the A's. I remember back in the day, in the early 00's, A's fans wanted this guy so bad. After Jason Giambi left and we suffered through the power-less years (Scott Hatteberg?), there was Sweeney, laboring away in Kansas City with his .500 slugging percentages.

Unfortunately, Sweeney's only played 134 games in his last two years combined and had an OPS+ well under 100 last year, so there's a good chance he's done. But since he signed a minor-league deal, he'll give the A's some depth at first base and DH, and I'd probably rather have him make the team than Dan Johnson, if for no other reason than to have a right-handed option in the immobile-slugger mix with Jack Cust and Daric Barton.