SWISHER TRADE ANALYSIS
Just about every season Ken Williams pulls off a trade that no one sees coming. And this year’s deal brings talented hitter Nick Swisher to the South Side.
Swisher hit 35 bombs in 2006. He hit only 22 last year, but his doubles increased by 12. He’s drawn 197 walks in the past 2 seasons, and he’s coming to a hitter’s park. He’s also wrapped up until 2011 with an option for 2012. One of the reports on the deal mentioned how he was one of the constants over in Oakland. And that’s just what the Sox need. He can play outfield or first base and he’s only 27. And he’ll be here for a while.
I did find it curious how much Williams gave to Beane, and that he gave up his beloved Gio Gonzalez to acquire him. I was hoping Gonzalez would find his way to the rotation this year as I do not believe in Gavin Floyd. Perhaps Williams has something else up his sleeve, or he really thinks Floyd can seal the back end of the rotation.
I also find it a bit curious that Swisher was apparently told he will spend most of his time in centerfield. And that according to Baseball Digest Daily: “Josh Fields is not and was not ever an option for left field. It actually sounded like Fields may be the favorite to play 3B at this point in time. His name was mentioned a lot more than Crede’s name.” Maybe Carlos Quentin gets the call in Left.
While I love the move, the White Sox still don’t have a proven leadoff hitter and their pitching staff looks rather suspect. Williams has a couple of chips to deal in Crede and Uribe, but maybe no market.