Phillies acquire Mike Sweeney

The Phillies have acquired Mike Sweeney from the Seattle Mariners. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

With Ryan Howard on the disabled list, the Phillies have acquired first baseman Mike Sweeney from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Sweeney, 37, was batting .263 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 30 games for the Mariners this season. With runners in scoring position, he was hitting .313 (10-32).

Sweeney has had two stops on the disabled list this season with back inflammation/spasms. Most recently, he was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma, where, in 12 games, he hit .366 (15-41) with two home runs and nine RBI.

A five-time American League All-Star, Sweeney has hit at least 20 home runs in six seasons, including 29 in back-to-back seasons (2000-01). He has made 570 career starts at first base.

Sweeney is a career .298 hitter with 213 home runs and 901 RBI in 1,428 games for the Royals (1995-2007), the Oakland A’s (2008) and Seattle (2009-10).

The Phillies will make a move on the 25-man roster when Sweeney reports.


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