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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Friday, November 14, 2008
Yankees - Acquired Swisher
New York Yankees - Acquired OF Nick Swisher and P Kanekoa Texeira from the Chicago White Sox for P Jeff Marquez, IF Wilson Betemit and P Jhonny Nunez.
Given how far Swisher’s stock has fallen, he must be holding a lot of toxic mortgage-backed securities.
While it’s tempting to bash Kenny Williams for getting so little for Swisher, that’s more Swisher’s fault than KW’s. Yes, he hit with his usual power and walks, but you have to be a secondary monster to be valuable hitting .219. “Sure, he hit .219, but he’s less awful than most guys that hit .219!” won’t convince anyone to part with much value. Maybe Ed Wade if Swisher announced he wanted to move to the bullpen.
The main problem with the Yankees taking a flyer on Swisher, which might be a good idea for a lot of teams, is that the Yankees could use help in center if they’ve soured on Melky and Swisher probably shouldn’t be in center. Sure, it would remind Yankee fans of Bernie Williams Comedy Central-Field Yukathon, but that shouldn’t be the goal.
It’s not much of a haul. Marquez is still young enough to have a career, but he was bad enough for Scranton that one has to hope that he’s still injured. Betemit’s glove only plays at the corners at this point and he’s not a good enough hitter to start at either. Nunez is more interesting since being converted to relief, but he’s still a ways away and a relief prospects. I hope he doesn’t make it to the majors because I don’t think it’s a good idea to reward people for naming their kids “Jhonny.” Then again, there are actually more Americans named Bong, Fish, or Hack than Jhonny, so maybe it’s not too bad.
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