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The A's and DH Mike Sweeney have agreed to a one year, non guaranteed deal with an invitation to Spring Training. "They want me to play first base and DH and be a veteran presence for the younger guys," Sweeney said from his San Diego home. "I'm excited about the opportunity and it's close to home." Last season, he hit .260 with 7 HR but has spent the last seventeen years in the Royals organization. Sweeney gives the A's a righty to platoon with Barton and Cust, so if he is healthy, should see his fair share of at-bats. Sweeney will report on Wednesday to A's camp to prepare for the start of the season. "I'll miss wearing Kansas City blue. It's a new chapter in my life and a new chapter for the Kansas City Royals." In other news, the Dodgers and Mark Sweeney are closing in one year deal.