White Sox Lose in Swisher Trades

November 14, 2008 at 9:24 am 6 comments


The New York Yankees acquired 1B/OF Nick Swisher and minor league pitcher Kanekoa Texeira from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for INF Wilson Betemit, and two minor league pitchers Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Nice deal for the Yankees.

Let me trackback to January whent Swisher was traded from Oakland to Chicago for Gio Gonzalez, right-hander Fautino De Los Santos, and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. That was a good deal for the A’s. The White Sox lost that deal since Swisher hit .219/.332/.410 for the White Sox in 2008. Now the White Sox send him to the Yanks. The deal now looks like this: Gonzalez, De Los Santos, and Sweeney for Betemit, Marquez, and Nunez. Ouch! What is Kenny Williams doing?

The Yanks get a guy in Swisher that can play 1B, LF, RF, and can hold CF if needed. He has a ton of raw power and a very patient eye. Swisher is in his prime (he’ll be 28 this month) even though he only hit .219/.332/.410 in 2008. There is no reason to believe Swisher can’t put up numbers similar to what he put up in 2006 (.254/.372/.493 with 35 homers).

Swisher is very affordable for the Yanks. According to MLBtraderumors he will earn $5.3MM in ’09, $6.75MM in ’10, $9MM in ’11, and has a $10.25MM club option for ’12 with a $1MM buyout. Roughly $22MM over the next three years.

The Yanks gave up Wilson Betemit, a hitter who has some pop but very little plate discipline. He can play multiple infield positions but the only one he even plays average would be 1B which is blocked in Chicago. Betemit is young (currently 27) so he could progress at the plate but his glove leaves him without a definite position.

Here is report on Marquez from Keith Law:

Right-hander Jeff Marquez has to be one of the most overhyped Yankee prospects in recent memory; he’s ordinary, with an average fastball that has some sink and an inconsistent but occasionally above-average split-change, but limited feel for pitching. He could be a middle reliever, especially if he stops throwing his mediocre curve, but that’s probably it, and he doesn’t have anything to miss bats. (Of course, the White Sox will immediately teach him a cutter, so stay tuned.)

While I agree mostly with Law here I do think Marquez could be a viable 5th starter. I do agree he is one of the most hyped Yankee prospects in recent memory, though.

Here is the report on Nunez from Law:

Right-hander Jhonny Nunez also profiles as a middle reliever, with a little more fastball than Marquez has and a tighter slider, but below average command and control and a longish arm action that may make command difficult for him.

And the guy who was a throw-in:

Kanekoa Texeira, is a classic sinker/slider reliever, with his slider being a potential out pitch, but with below-average command. Even if the command doesn’t improve, he’ll pitch in the big leagues, and has a chance to be a late-innings guy if it does improve because he already misses bats and keeps the ball in the park.

I have never seen Texeira or even heard of him before this but this really seems like the Yankees easily took the White Sox for a ride on this deal. Kenny Williams really hurt his team with the entire Nick Swisher experiment.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  November 14, 2008 at 9:44 am

    I can’t say what Williams is even really thinking about these days. He gives up two really good prospects for Swish (Sweeney, and Gonzalez) for what basically was a one year rental.

    Getting Betemit and some other dudes in return? YOUCHIE! Last I heard they were shopping Dye too.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 14, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Faustino De Los Santos is said by many scouts to be the best player in that first trade for Swish.

    I wonder what he can get for Dye. I would shop him too. I think he is a bit overrated.

  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  November 14, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Makes sense really. He’s probably got a little bit of worth left in him. Might be able get a couple of decent prospects for him. Mets… I’m kinda looking your way since you could use the OF help, and he’s aging. PERFECT FIT!

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 14, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Haha! Good call. If he was latino Minaya might trade for him today.

  • 5. Erik  |  November 14, 2008 at 10:50 am

    *** This just in Dye changes last name to Dyeinaya. Mets will trade for him and Vazquez.

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