Ryan Joseph Sweeney (born February 20, 1985) is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.

Early lifeEdit

Sweeney was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and originally attended Jefferson High School, however, conflict between winter showcase games and high school basketball obligations led him to transfer to cross-town Xavier High School. Sweeney graduated from Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids in 2003.

Baseball careerEdit

Chicago White SoxEdit

At the beginning of the 2007 season, Ryan was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization. He had originally signed to play collegiately for Tony Gwynn at San Diego State. However, he signed with the White Sox as he was taken in the 2nd round of the 2003 MLB Draft.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On January 3, 2008, the White Sox traded Sweeney along with fellow prospects Fautino De Los Santos and Gio Gonzalez to Oakland for outfielder Nick Swisher.

Boston Red SoxEdit

On December 28, 2011, Sweeney and Andrew Bailey were traded to the Boston Red Sox for Josh Reddick and two minor league prospects.[1]


  1. Kruth, Cash. "Red Sox acquire closer Bailey from A's", 28 December 2011. Retrieved on 28 December 2011.

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