Tag:Nick Swisher
Posted on: October 29, 2009 3:52 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2009 3:58 pm

Game 2: Yankees play Hairston in Swisher's spot

NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi has made a lineup change for Game 2 of the World Series, dropping Nick Swisher in favor of Jerry Hairston Jr.

Girardi cited Hairston's track record against Pedro Martinez. Hairston is 10 for 27 against Martinez, with no RBIs, although the most recent of those at-bats was five years ago.

Swisher has struggled in the postseason, with a .114 batting average in 35 at-bats.

Girardi also went with Jose Molina as his catcher, as he has done whenever A.J. Burnett has started in the postseason.

Posted on: December 9, 2008 8:58 pm

Ozzie on Sox: 'We're not rebuilding'

LAS VEGAS -- The White Sox have traded Nick Swisher and Javier Vazquez, and they've let Orlando Cabrera leave as a free agent. They're still interested in trading Jermaine Dye.

That would be $34.6 million in 2008 salary, gone from the payroll, assuming they find a taker for Dye without picking up a significant salary in return. The big question being asked is what general manager Ken Williams plans to do with all that money.

"You don't rebuild when you just won the division," a rival executive said today.

That's fine, because manager Ozzie Guillen said that's not the right word for what the Sox are doing.

"We're not rebuilding," he said. "We just want a mix. . . . We're not rebuilding. We're just trying to get younger."

Guillen was never comfortable with the mix the White Sox had the last two years, and often expressed a desire to add speed. Now he thinks the White Sox will be doing just that.

"I think it'll be more fun," he said. "I think it'll be a better baseball team."

Posted on: July 31, 2008 5:20 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2008 5:23 pm

Griffey was great, but can he play CF?

There's a real chance that Ken Griffey Jr. helps the White Sox offensively. Forget the .245 batting average he had in Cincinnati. Over the last 25 games, he's closer to .300, with six home runs and 25 RBIs.

"You make a mistake, he's going to hit it a long way," said one National League scout who has seen him play this week.

Here's the problem: To get Griffey in their lineup, and to get Paul Konerko (.214, with nine home runs all year) out of their lineup, Chicago has to play Nick Swisher at first base and Griffey in center field.

"Oh God!" another scout said when told of the White Sox's plans.

"I doubt he can do it," the first scout said. "That's a little bit of a stretch for me."

Griffey was once one of the best center fielders in the game, maybe the best. But he's 38 years old, and he hasn't played center field since 2006. In fact, scouts will tell you that Griffey is a below-average  corner outfielder at this stage of his career.

There's a real chance that Griffey will be energized by moving to Chicago, and moving into a pennant race. It never really worked for him in Cincinnati, not the way it was supposed to when he left Seattle to go play in his hometown.

If the Sox could use him as a designated hitter, or even in right field, it would be hard to find any fault with this trade. The Reds are paying most of Griffey's salary, and the two players the White Sox gave up aren't their best prospects.

But the Sox have Carlos Quentin in left field. They have Jermaine Dye in right field. They have Jim Thome as their DH.

Griffey basically has to play center field. I'd love to say he can do it, because Griffey has been one of the game's great stars.

I'm just not sure he can.

Posted on: July 8, 2008 7:58 pm

To buy or to sell? A's always seem to have answer

You're not supposed to be able to play for today AND tomorrow. It doesn't work that way.

You're supposed to have to pick. Go for it now, as the Brewers are doing. Pack it in and play for the future, a la the Indians.

But what about the A's? They just traded Rich Harden to the Cubs, but history (and the American League standings) tell us that they're not the Indians.

So does that mean they're nuts, dealing away a sometimes dominating pitcher (2.02 ERA over his last 10 starts) at a point where they're six games out in the American League West and 3 1/2 games back in the AL wild-card race?

No more so than when they dealt away Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder 3 1/2 years ago. No more so than when they traded away Dan Haren and Nick Swisher last winter.

At first glance, the A's take for Harden doesn't seem that great. Sean Gallagher, the guy they're calling the key to the deal, was ranked by Baseball America as the Cubs' fifth-best prospect entering the season. His numbers so far don't suggest that he's Harden.

But the A's were supposed to be taking a step down (at least for today) when they traded Haren last winter for a group that included Dana Eveland and Greg Smith (both already doing well in the Oakland rotation). They were supposed to be taking a step back when they traded Mulder for Haren back in December 2004.

They keep trading guys away (and perhaps Bobby Crosby will be next, once he gets healthy). They stay competitive.

They play for the future, as general manager Billy Beane says they're doing with today's deal. They do it without giving up on the present.

You're not supposed to be able to do it this way. But maybe the A's can.

They've done it before.

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