Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mets sign Brian Sweeney to MiLB

The Somerset Patriots of the independent league announced that the Mets have signed Brian Sweeney to a minor league deal and assigned him to Buffalo.  Prior to the signing Sweeney started the season with the Patriots after pitching out of the pen for the Seattle Mariners last season. 

The 36 y/o right hander has 73 major league appearances over four seasons between 2003- 2010, in which he has an ERA of 3.38 mostly as a reliever ( 2 starts). 

The pitcher has several ties to the present organization, he played two seasons in San Diego when Alderson and Depodesta were running that team.  In 2006 he made 37 appearances with an ERA of 3.20, he finished 15 games and recorded 2 saves for the Pads. 

He pitched three seasons for the Nippon Ham fighters during the time Terry Collins was the manager of the Orix Buffaloes, both teams are in the Pacific League and I'm sure Collins saw a lot of Sweeney.  In 2008 while he was with Nippon he made 25 starts to an ERA of 3.48. 

Interestingly his best major league season came last year but he ended up signing with an independent league team this off-season, last year with Seattle he made 24 relief appearances with an ERA of 3.16...

The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced that right-handed pitcher Brian Sweeney has been signed by the New York Mets and will report to Triple-A Buffalo. source Somerset Patriots