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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

SWISHER TRADE ANALYSIS

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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.

  • http://thewaywardbus.wordpress.com Mike O’Donnell

    Swish starred at OSU in the late 90′s early 00′s. While he was here he was a big name, almost as big as the guys who play at the Horseshoe. He put up some big numbers, leading the Bucks to the College WS and a few Big Ten titles. He was a big reason for OSU’s emergence as a Big Ten baseball powerhouse.

    He was drafted abuot the same time as my friend Steve, who played at Notre Dame and got the Irish to their first WS. Check out this link about Steve. He is featured in Moneyball.

    http://tamu-and-baseball.com/stevestanley.html

    Swisher is a great hitter with a promising career. He’s also a great guy off the field and a good presence to have in the clubhouse. He seems to be developing into more of a team player.
    Good pickup for the Sox.

  • http://www.meaninglis.com Lis

    I like the move but it’s still too little, too late for this team. I don’t see how they can compete unless they all have career years.

  • dhaab

    How many teams in MLB have a proven lead off hitter? Not very many.

    Williams isn’t done dealing and why wouldn’t there be a market for Crede? Seems to me that Kenny has tons of extra pieces to play with now and I anticipate a bunch of moves for the Sox moving forward.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Yeah, you’re right about the leadoff hitter deal. There might be a market for Crede but he’s coming off a major injury. As for “tons” of pieces, I just don’t see it–at least not ones that have much value.

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