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A's Trade Swisher
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 1/3/2008 12:14:00 PM
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When Billy Beane decides to rebuild, he doesn't mess around. First Dan Haren, now Nick Swisher - arguably his best pitcher (no argument here, actually) and his best hitter dealt, and neither are particularly old or expensive. But then again, both fetched pretty great hauls in terms of prospects. Both Fautino De Los Santos and Gio Gonzalez are interesting prospects who now project to benefit from a friendlier ballpark. I actually like the deal from the White Sox standpoint as well - they clearly showed their intent to try to compete this year when they re-upped Buehrle and Dye, and their farm system is thin enough hitting-wise that it sort of makes sense to make a go of it, even though the AL Central is just loaded.

A side effect of this deal is it might force the Twins to move towards rebuilding in earnest - I don't think that they can beat the Tigers or Indians anyhow, and now I'd have to slot the White Sox over them as well.


Do you think they play Swisher in CF ? What do they do with Quentin ? I assume they play Swisher in CF and it he should easily hit 35 plus HR now.

Do you think GIO goes right into the rotation ?

Also, Rotoworld mentions Swisher hitting 2nd. Wouldn't Cabrera hit 2nd since he done it so well the last few yrs in ANA ?

Jeff Goodman
Posted by at 1/3/2008 12:27:00 PM
Chicago still has work to do this offseason, having announced that Josh Fields won't play in the outfield, and with a recovering Joe Crede still on the roster. So how does the outfield look now: Quentin-Swisher-Dye? Can Swisher play CF on a regular basis? Or will Jerry Owens still get his share of starts in the outfield?
Posted by bscwik at 1/3/2008 1:05:00 PM
Swisher slots in CF for now with Dye and Quentin at the corners, and with Thome having locked down the DH slot, there's really no room for a "true" center fielder. That outfield defense certainly won't be among the league's best. I suppose Owens could battle Quentin for a starting job and upgrade the defense, but this will all sort itself out in March I'd imagine.

As for the Oakland rotation, right now it's shaping up as:

1. Blanton

2. Harden (if healthy)

3. Gaudin (recovering from surgery - may not be ready by Opening Day)

4. Duchscherer

5. Free-for-all

Realistically, Blanton is probably gone and at least one of Gauden/Harden won't be ready, meaning Gio can certainly compete for a job this spring along with guys like Dana Eveland, Dan Meyer, etc. Going to be ugly in Oakland.

How long before Mark Ellis, Joe Blanton, and perhaps Eric Chavez get shipped out?
Posted by vtadave at 1/3/2008 1:32:00 PM
I think Ellis stays until the break. The club has a $5 million option and that is pretty cheap, especially for what he did last year, unless they get blown away with an offer in the next 60 days.

Blanton should get moved but unless someone offers a ton, and the Mets will not meet the asking price, he stays for now is my guess.

Chavez will get shipped out once he shows he is healthy at all. I am not sure what the market is for him. He really has had troubles staying off the DL and it has sapped his power.

I guess Cust has a job as a regular ?

Barton at 1b, Is Dan Johnson gone at this point ?

Jeff Goodman
Posted by at 1/3/2008 2:32:00 PM
Cover your eyes A's fans, here's the projected lineup (in my eyes at least):

2B Ellis
CF Kotsay
DH Cust
3B Chavez
RF Buck
1B Barton
SS Crosby
LF Sweeney
C Suzuki

That's six left-handed sticks if you're counting at home. Johnson could still be a regular I suppose, but he'd have to beat out Barton or perhaps Sweeney (if they can stomach Cust in LF).
Posted by vtadave at 1/4/2008 8:33:00 AM

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