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A's, Sweeney agree to one-year contract

A's, Sweeney agree to one-year contract

The A's avoided arbitration with outfielder Ryan Sweeney, signing the 25-year-old to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million plus incentives on Friday.

Sweeney led Oakland with a .294 batting average this past season before he went on the disabled list with right patella tendinitis after the All-Star break. He underwent season-ending surgery on July 30, finishing with one home run and 36 RBIs in 82 games.

Sweeney, if healthy, is expected to garner a starting corner outfield role next season, with new acquisition David DeJesus patrolling the opposite corner spot and Coco Crisp in center field.

Six A's players remain arbitration-eligible: pitchers Dallas Braden, Craig Breslow, Joey Devine and Brad Ziegler, outfielder Conor Jackson and third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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