# Friday, 14 November 2008

The White Sox have traded Nick Swisher (& Kanekoa Texeira) to the New York Yankees today. In return, the Sox get Jeff Marquez, Wilson Betemit, & Jhonny Nunez. Kenny Williams has done a lot to gain the trust of Sox fans over the last few years, but I think this is a terrible trade. Nick obviously had a bad year, but there are many signs that it was a fluke. His BABIP (batting average on balls in play) was a career low .249, but his line drive percentage was 20.9%, which was a career high. Taken together, it sounds like he was hitting the ball harder than ever, but hitting them right at people. This isn't likely to continue. I'd expect something close to 250/370/470 from Swisher in 2009. which is plenty valuable from a player as versatile as he is.

The return for Nick is terrible. Wilson Betemit had plenty of promise as a youngster in the Braves system, and has shown flashes of potential at the major league level, but has never really put it together, and likely never will. Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez are, at best, fungible middle reliever types. I do not like this trade at all. We'll miss you Nick!