"I'm excited to see how (general manager) Billy Beane is developing this team and I'm hoping to be part of the puzzle," Sweeney said. "I've spend the last 17 years with the Royals' organization, so it's definitely going to be different, but I'm looking forward to a fresh start. It's exciting."
There's just one problem -- from the same paper:
Best wishes to Mike wherever he ends up, but we'll save the formal official goodbye for, you know, when it's formalized.
Mike Sweeney said he jumped the gun a little Sunday when the five-time All-Star told the Kansas City media that he'd signed a minor-league deal with Oakland.
There was one little problem - no one had told the A's.
"This is news to us," one team official said Sunday evening. "Though we have been talking."