He makes almost no money and plays defense very well and the BB/K ratio isn't in line with his career. There's always someone looking for a defensive outfielder who gets on base at a decent clip. Just because he has no real place in the Red Sox outfield doesn't mean he has no value to other teams. Especially since I believe he has an option left.
Ryan Sweeney's career numbers are .283/.340/.381. This season his OBP is .319. He doesn't get on base at a decent clip. He gets on base, for his career, a league average amount of time. He has no power and never has had any power and he is 27 and has hit his ceiling. He is the very definition of replaceable.
This needs to be emphasized. He's easily the best defensive OF on the roster while Ellsbury and Crawford are still out. We haven't seen Nava play a single game in Fenway's RF--and I'm not too sure I want to see that, either. Nava's not a butcher, but there's a definite defensive cost to making him, rather than Sweeney, the LH half of a RF platoon with Ross. So the question for the Sox is whether they really want a platoon in RF, or they want to give Ross the job and keep a LHH 4th OF around for occasional sub duty. If it's the former, I'd keep Sweeney. If the latter, deal Sweeney and keep Nava.
Sweeney may be the best defender on the current roster but that doesn't make him this unbelieveably valueable asset on the trade market.
The fact of the matter is Sweeney is very below average with the bat and very slightly above average (for his career, this season he is replacement level) with the glove. Does he have value? Yes, but not nearly as much as these two posts indicate. He is a 4th outfielder/platoon/24th man, nothing more.
Edited by Dogman2, 11 July 2012 - 09:20 AM.