Ryan Sweeney returned home to Iowa once the Red Sox released him, and he's not going to have to travel far to start the season.

Sweeney signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Tuesday, and he's going to report to Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday — that's where the Cubs' Triple-A team is. He lives about an hour and a half away.

"I've just been home for the last few days working out," Sweeney said by phone. "They want me to go get some at-bats and hopefully I'll be up pretty quick."