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Friday, January 04, 2008
White Sox - Acquired Swisher
Chicago White Sox - Acquired OF Nick Swisher from the Oakland A’s for P Gio Gonzalez, P Faustino de los Santos, and OF Ryan Sweeney.
Like the Haren trade, this one comes completely out of left field for me. Whoever’s writing BA’s White Sox prospect list has to be mighty annoyed right now, with the team’s two top prospects leaving along with another top-prospect-by-virture-of-really-thin-system. The A’s do kind of have a corner player logjam as Swisher isn’t a centerfielder, but I have to think that they weren’t originally going to trade Swisher this offseason but couldn’t turn down the package offered.
Swisher still doesn’t make the White Sox a contender by the remotest stretch of the imagination, but at least they got a good player that will provide a boost to the team. The White Sox really need to start moving on their eventual goal of dumping Crede (wouldn’t it have been nice for the team if they had done it after 2005 when Crede had by far the best year of is career and was showcased in the playoffs?) because they have their own leftfield situation to sort out. As I imply above, Swisher’s not a centerfielder, but then again, Jerry Owens is not a major leaguer, so Swisher could very well end up there.
As many have noted, Gonzalez and de los Santos are excellent prospects. It’s too early for me to do a projection for the latter (there’s probably no chance he starts becoming relevant towards the near-future of the major league team until 2009). As I mentioned in the White Sox ZiPS thread, Gonzalez would be best served to get serious time in AAA. Sweeney’s 5th outfielder material.
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