The Yankees in their first big move of the season have traded Wison Bedimit (Thank God) ,Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez to the White Sox for Nick Swisher and minor league Pitcher Kanekoa Texeria. Swisher, is a switch hitter who plays first base and all three outfield positions. According to Cashman, Swisher should see the majority of his playing time at first base, but provides an opportunity for some insurance in both corner outfield positions. Swisher is a plus defender at 1B,RF and LF however just average in Center. He is a career .244 hitter that given a full season at 1b should hit .250-.260 25-30 HR and 80-100 RBI. Hummm sounds just like Giambi, except that swisher can field his position, run the base pads, and is in the prime of his career at 27.
Yes you are correct this spell zero chance of Giambi returning to Pinstripes. With Swisher,at this point, a lock at First Base does anyone get the feeling that the Yankees won't be making a run at Tex. (That's me raising my hand).
On the other side of this coin the Yankees get Kanekoa Texeria Who is 22 years old and 6'2 190 right handed and had 22 saves with a 1.33 ERA between A and Double A ball last season. He was ranked The number two Prospect in the White Sox farm system and I would think would at least have a shot at starting at AAA this year with the Yankees. I will let you know as soon as I find out what kind of stuff he has but the Fantasy Baseball section of Usa Today says his stuff is unexceptional but he could surface as a middle reliever.
So where is the upside for the Sox? Besides Salary relief I really don't think they got the best end of the deal. Wilson is a bum who shows occasional power. In his defence he can play all the infield positions, just not extremely well. Nunez was part of an earlier trade agreement so He really wasn't around long enough to be missed. Marquez could be the only bright spot for the Sox a 1st round draft pick in 2004 showed some promise.
Keep it up Cash Next Stop CC and Manny. Don't worry what they all say Brian I got your back.