ESPN: Yanks acquire Swisher

By baseball scribe Jerry Crasnick is reporting that the Yankees have acquired Nick Swisher in a trade with the White Sox. The Yanks have sent at least Jeff Marquez to Chicago. It is unclear if anyone else will be included in this deal.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox will send Kanekoa Teixeira to the Yanks while Wilson Betemit & Jhonny Nunez are heading to Chicago. Teixeira, not the one I hope the Yanks land before the winter is out, put up some good numbers in relief this year but at the A level.

Right now, this acquisition is a great move for the Yanks’ roster. While Mike predicted it early last week, Swisher’s role on the 2009 Yankees is still up in the air, and that is perfect. He gives the Yanks a lot of roster flexibility. He could be in the center field mix; he could be one of the corner outfielders (and thus we would be waving farewell to Bobby Abreu); he could wind up at first base. I’d still, of course, rather see Mark Teixeira land there.

Swisher, 28, has been in the league for five years and is due, according to Cot’s baseball Contracts, $5.3 million in 2009, $6.75 million in 2010 and $9 million in 2011. His contract includes an option in 2012 for $10.25 million with a $1 million buyout.

Swisher had a down year last, hitting just .219 but still managed a .332 OBP and a .410 SLG. As Mike noted last week, his numbers suggest a season of bad luck. Swisher is a power threat and an on-base machine who gives the Yanks some much-needed youth.

Marquez is a 24-year-old right-hander with some pedestrian MiLB peripherals. While the sinker-slider specialist was once on BA’s Top 10 list for the Yanks, he hasn’t made the steps the experts expected and doesn’t project very well right now in the Bigs. It’s hard not to love this trade.

Update by Mike (4:15): In case you don’t feel like reading back through the post, the deal is Swisher & Kanekoa Texeira for Marquez, Betemit and Jhonny Nunez. Good deal. The Depth Chart has been updated.

Categories : Hot Stove League


  1. X-Man(Angel) says:

    WTF!! NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! only for Maqruez?!

    • It was actually a three for one swap. They gave us Nick Swisher, and we gave them Jeffrey Marquez, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Marques Colston.

      Still though, that’s a steal. Gabriel Garcia Marquez can’t hit a breaking ball to save his life, and we would have had to have bought Colston out of his football deal.

      Nicely done, CashMoney.

    • Stu H says:

      I have to agree.

      According to BP, Swisher’s BABIP dropped 52 points for no good reason. He’s a great candidate for a rebound next year.

    • brandon says:

      hi: im from chicago (granted, im a cubs fan) and i just wanted to let you know in addition to being a terrible baseball player, nick swicsher is a loser. have fun watching his interviews when, even though he is 0 for the week, he acts like he his mickey mantle. Doesn’t sound like you gave up much for him, and i never complain if somebody scams the sox…but for your sake I hope you aren’t giving up the real tex. Oh, and good luck getting wood. no chance!

  2. Jay CT says:

    For this low of a price, you can’t beat the addition. I am still not a fan of Swisher though

  3. WOOT! That’s all it took? Really?

  4. Chip says:

    JUST Jeff Marquez?!?!? That’s highway robbery. Even if it’s just Marquez and a reliever, wow, just wow

  5. Mike A. says:

    OMG Cashman is teh suck.

  6. Reggie C. says:

    WTF ??

    WOW .. .is this for real?

  7. Joltin' Joe says:


  8. Graeme says:

    You guys nailed it. Good work.

  9. E says:

    the guy hit 200 w an avg obp. Let’s relax and not start building monuments

  10. Will (the other one) says:

    Wow. WOW. So the obvious question becomes, is this the end of us and Tex?

  11. Bruno says:

    WooHoo! That just made my BORING day at work “dealable”!

  12. justin says:

    It’s a steal if it was an outright trade for Marquez, the farm has enough depth to lose him but…Swisher? If he can hit the way he’s supposed to then great…if he continues to regress as he did last year then…why not just pay Texeira?

    • Chip says:

      We did just gain some leverage in the Texiera front. If not, you could run a lineup of Swisher and Damon covering left/center field with Nady in right. Wouldn’t be horrible. This is genius if Swisher reverts to form

    • who says they won’t?

      Swisher plays all 3 OF positions too (though CF is a stretch).

      i actually like Lanny’s idea of using Swisher as a super-sub. giving him 500 AB’s in LF, RF, 1B, and DH (though if they got Teixeira, he won’t need much rest).

      • Jay CT says:

        If this takes them out of the Teixera sweepstakes, its a terrible move. Provided he is used as an OF/super sub, I am all for it. Please, lets not make Swisher out to be Teixera. Suprising that they wanted speed, and we didn’t include Brett Gardner…

  13. if this is just Marquez and spare parts, this is awesome.

  14. Colombo says:


    Cash-money is back with a vengence baby!!!

    Now, my only question is did we trade for him to play first or center?

  15. Mike says:

    Not a huge Swisher fan, but no big risk here and upside is much higher.

    Good move by cashman

    Who knows could be a stop-gab at first, LF or if need be in CF. Give great versatility to the Yanks. I wouldn’t say no to Tex, but reduces the liklihood dramatically. Plus pricetag is not nearly as high! More money for pitching!!!

  16. i have a feeling we are going to not be happy with whatever else went with Marquez, b/c right now this is simply too good to be true.

  17. jersey says:

    heyman reporting sum otha minor leaguers and betemit and swish gun playu alot of first base

  18. TurnTwo says:

    i think yankees fans are going to lvoe the way this guy plays ball. good attitude to have in the clubhouse, too.

    for the price, certainly worth the risk.

  19. Betemit also involved.

    i can definitely live with that.

  20. donttradecano says:

    heyman said hell play first

  21. jersey says:

    i dont understand why people like mike and heyman hate gardner comparing him to bubba friggin crosby… i mean seriously id love swish at first and gardner in center… as long as we get cc and burnett or lowe…

  22. daneptizl says:

    LMAO WTF……. WO0000TTTT THE HOTSOVEEEE IS HEATING UUUPPPP lmao… and the Twinkies were hating on Marquez…

  23. X-Man(Angel) says:

    Swihsher 1b!!

  24. Reggie C. says:

    This might be the prelude to a TRADE people!

    Swisher + Hughes for Jake Peavy. Anyone think its possible??

  25. Mike says:

    I hear we are getting a AA prospect too… looks like an Asian coming this way.

    Cant be worse then Kei I”steal all your money”waga

  26. Bill R says:


  27. Chip says:

    We got low-A pitcher from White Sox in Kanekoa Texeira. From what I can tell, nothing more than a throw-in but we’ll see

  28. doty says:

    I don’t get it… I rather have giambi back for 1 yr then this guy for another 3-4 yrs… Giambi’s numbers are better than swisher’s

  29. Manimal says:

    I saw the title and I was like AW shit, how many Top tier players did we trade. Just Marquez? Are the sox crazy? This is a great deal. Of course, time will tell.

  30. Rafi says:

    Mike, what can you tell us about the minor leaguer headed back to the Yanks? Some reliever name Texeira(close, I know but not the same). His #’s look very good.

  31. Bruno says:



  32. Mike says:

    Here is the kid we are getting…

    looks good low walks to strikeouts and era is very nice

    • jersey says:

      judging from his numbers id guess hes a fastball changeup guy…righties hit him to a 256 clip and lefties hit 189 off him…sounds like maybe he lacks a pitch to get righties out…but looks to be a little better than a throw in considering age and numbers

    • jibs says:

      Texeria has a low 90s fastball and a fantastic slider. Definitely a solid bullpen prospect.

  33. Otter says:

    You guys are going to love it when Swisher does one of three things:
    1) Walks with a runner on second setting up the double play.
    2) Looks at strike three.
    3) Pops up, slams his bat, and jobs to first shaking his head killing another rally.

    Remember, DeWayne Wise was starting over Swisher at the end of the season. DeWayne Wise.

  34. A.D. says:

    if Betemit goes, pretty much guarantees Ransom the utility infielder spot… not bad

  35. Infamous says:

    Sox will also receive Wilson Betemit and pitching prospect Jhonny Nunez.

  36. Thirty5Thirty6 says:

    Betemit and Jhonny Nunez heading back to ChiTown as well.

  37. A.D. says:

    Looks like its Marquez, Betemit & Jhonny Nunez (who pitched quite well after coming over) for Swish & the japanese reliever… not bad at all

  38. They’re also getting Betemit and Jhonny Nunez. I can live with that.

  39. A.D. says:

    Yankees Grit factor has significantly increased, have to figure this pretty much signals that Abreu isn’t coming back

  40. daneptizl says:

    That’s why it’s good to sign guys like Nunez…

  41. pat says:

    ok pretty easy trivia question, how is this related to randy johnson?

  42. Thomas says:

    So should we play him in the OF and go after Tex or play Swisher at 1b and try to add Manny?

    Also remember Swisher may have that hot girlfriend.

    • jersey says:

      NO manny! atleast not from my point of view. i say we get in the running for teix but wit swish on board theres no sense of urgency which can only help us in discussions…. id like to kno swish’s fielding rate on each of his positions….

  43. Eric says:

    I’m stunned. Considering what the Sox gave up for Swisher (Sweeny, G. Gonzalez, and de los Santos), you would have thought that they wouldn’t be selling low on him.

  44. ko says:

    I commend the Yankees on getting Swisher in a salary dump by the White Sox. It looks like they are willing to take on salary to improve their depth. I’m presuming that they’re not looking at this guy as a starter because he would only be a mediocre one.

    • Reggie C. says:

      I agree he’s not an All-star , like Giambi was in his hey-day, but you can’t say that Swisher hasn’t produced like an above-average major leaguer in 2006 and 2007. That’s obviously not that long ago. Swisher’s ’08 season could be argued to be akin to the year Cano endured. He simply never got on track.

      Swisher is a much better player than what he showed last year.

  45. Brian says:

    Think Cody Ransom may have a spot to fight for in S.T.?

  46. Brandon says:

    I’m sorry, I dont get this at all. Why Swisher? Giambi was 10 times better than Swisher, and Swisher is a crappy hitter. Unless this is part of a bigger plan, and we turn around and ship him off elsewhere, this makes no sense. While I am happy that Betemit is out, we are now out a utility man. Honestly, this is just a move that makes no sense.

    • jersey says:

      another person blinded by giambi’s jack daniels made goggles….swish will have a better year than giambi next year

    • Joseph P. says:

      He’s only a crappy hitter if you look at last year in a vacuum. Why do some people have a hard time looking at a 28-year-old’s stats from the year before?

    • Apparently, getting a switch hitter who plays 4 positions (at which we currently have 4 big question marks), works the count, gets on base, has a career OPS+ of 112 and is fairly young and under contract at reasonable rates for the immediate future for three guys we were probably never going to use for any meaningful purpose is now a “move that makes no sense.”


    • Mike Pop says:

      Dude are you serious Brandon ? Cmon man this is an absolute steal for this time being… I got an idea.. Sign Nick Punto and we have a good utility man again

    • whozat says:

      “Giambi was 10 times better than Swisher”

      I mean, if you ignore defense and positional flexibility, he was.

      This does several things:
      1) Tolerable backup plan (with some Miranda sprinkled in?) if Tex gets a ludicrous offer somewhere else and they have to walk away
      2) If they sign Tex, if gives them flexibility in the OF so that they don’t have to leave Gardner/Melky in CF all year if they’re horrendous — or they can trade Nady or Damon or Melky or Swish partway through the season if there’s a crush for playing time

    • Brian says:

      This makes me think Cash will deal Igawa, some way, somehow.

    • While I am happy that Betemit is out, we are now out a utility man.


      of all the things to be concerned about, this is what you are worried about?

      i liked Betemit as the utility man. i did.

      but it’s not like utility guys are impossible to find.

    • Jamal G. says:

      You’re from LoHud, aren’t you?

  47. Mike says:

    Any chance anyone has heard Roy Halladay could be available?

    Forget Peavy, lets find some way to get the Doc south of the border…

  48. Chris says:

    More importantly than getting Swisher, the Yanks get rid of Betemit. What a waste. He wasn’t even a good utility guy and he was supposed to be a solid starter!

  49. Mike Pop says:

    Who said Betemit didnt have trade value !!!!!

  50. daneptizl says:

    Top 3 utility man, right Mike?

  51. Jake K. says:

    Provided this deal doesn’t end with Tex on the Red Sox, I love it.

  52. daneptizl says:

    Marquez= Gio…. who said the Yanks overhyped their own prospects…

  53. [...] If you haven’t heard: Nick Swisher and Kanekoa Texeira to the Yankees for Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. [...]

  54. Manimal says:

    Cliff Lee won the Cy young.

  55. Mike Pop says:

    CC will be a yank by 12 15 am after that 150 million is offered.. Thats a whole lotta money.. So Swish, CC, and hopefully Tex… We have a real sexxyy team

  56. Brandon says:

    Wait now I do…

    I just thought of this scenario…

    Hal calls up Peavy, sways him to be open to come to NY

    New York strikes a 3 team deal with the Padres and the Cubs

    New York gets:
    Derrick Lee
    Jake Peavy

    Chicago gets
    Hideki Matsui
    Khalil Greene
    low ball prospect

    San Diego gets:
    Ian Kennedy
    Nick Swisher
    Melky Cabrera
    Jeff Samardzija
    sadly, Mark Melancon
    Kei Igawa(maybe a change of scenery can be good for him?lol)
    George Kontos
    Ronny Cedeno

    we get an ace and a 1st basemen, cubs gets a better of, and doesnt have to create a platoon in left and a better option at SS, padres get 3 players that can be STUDS, a replacement for greene, a good option for outfield, a nice 4th OF, someone who dominates AAA and can do well in a lower budget, less pressure scene, and a nice mid level prospect that can be a #3 or 4 starter

    fair? i think so…

  57. Mike Pop says:

    Heyman says we out on Tex

  58. gxpanos says:

    Love the deal. Leverage with Tex, cheap, young, depth, didn’t give anything up. Good call the other day, Mike.

    And for steve (different one) RE: the Moose post (I figure nobody’s gonna be reading that post anytime soon, with this one, and I wanted to reply):

    I didn’t base my post about wishing Cash didn’t think he had to choose between Moose and Pettitte on anything, just echoing a little bit of nervousness about it like the first few posters. I shouldn’t have worded my post like that; of course I don’t know what Cash is thinking.

    It’s just, Andy already said PUBLICLY he’ll take one year. Why haven’t they hammered it out?

  59. radnom says:

    ” Unless I hear the names Kennedy, Cabrera, and a Humberto Sanchez/Dellin Betances type

    This sucks”

    Quoted from southsidesox when Marquez was the only know Yank.

  60. Slugger27 says:

    i know im late to the party…. but good lord thats a steal

  61. Steve S says:

    Brian Cashman….

    Just when I thought you couldn’t get any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!

  62. Mike Pop says:

    I really still hope we get Tex… I dont get why Heyman says we are out of it.. Does he not know that Damon and Nady are both FA’s next year.. Same with Matsui… Thats the main reason I think Tex has a good chance of being a Yankee after this deal

  63. andrew says:

    “Hey, they’re the Yankees. They’ve just lopped nearly $90 million off the payroll. They have a new gazillion-dollar money-machine ballpark opening. And you might have noticed they didn’t make the playoffs this season. So if it can be bought, they’ll buy it. They’ll be all over CC, Burnett, Lowe and Teixeira. And once they get all that sorted out, they’ll be all over the next wave of free-agent starters if they’re not shopped out. They could even chase Manny Ramirez and Orlando Hudson if they really get lathered up. So in other words, they’ll be a New York Post back page waiting to happen every 15 minutes this winter.” –

    this is going to be an exciting few months.

  64. zach says:

    why does it have to be ransom? why not get an affordable upgrade like willie bloomquist?

  65. the funny thing is that by trading Betemit and signing Marte to the 3 year deal vs. the option, the Yankees basically added Swisher with almost NO HIT to their 2009 payroll.

    Betemit is in his 2nd year of arb and will probably make about $2M this year. Marte will make $3.75M in 2009.

    this isn’t a big deal or anything, just saying that adding Swisher has yet to eat into the $80M or whatever they have to spend.

  66. daneptizl says:

    Not an on base machine…

  67. daneptizl says:

    I like Cash’s I gotta give to get statement…. how true it is…

  68. Lanny says:

    This is why fans shouldn’t make trade proposals.

    We ere giving up Damon and Kennedy 24 hrs ago and it turns out to be Betemit and Marquez.

    That’s funny.

  69. Tremont says:

    Are we definitely ruling out Abreu’s return? I hope not. Matsui, Damon, and Nady come off the books after this season. If Gardner and Melky prove they are just 4th outfielders, Swisher sticks at first and A-Jax isn’t ready (none of which are unreasonable possibilities), the Yanks will have to refill the entire OF in ’10. Plus Nady just had his career year. I don’t necessarily think, he would give us above average production in a full season in New York. Sign Bobby to a 2 or 3 year deal. Plug him back into the 3rd spot and get Nady 400 ABs backing up the LF/RF/1B/DH spots.

  70. mike Ciavolino says:

    its not exactly a “heist” here.

    Do we think that the sox didn’t know they were getting back a bag of balls for swisher?

    “Wow, cashman fleeced ken williams into thinking Marquez is Cy Young. He’s a genius!”

    The sox didn’t want to pay a slow footed, ok fielding, first baseman 21 million over 3 years, so they sent him to the only team that could absorb that money without noticing it – The Yankees, where 21 million can amount to taking a flyer on someone.

    Similar to the abreau deal where the yanks got a “star” for not much except the willingness to be on the hook for the money.

    I think the deal clincher today was that Ozzie Guillen would drive Swisher to the airport.

    I don’t like the deal because he is just the kind of guy the yanks don’t need. They’ll hit enough home runs with matsui, a-rod, posada, damon and nady.

    They need a few speedy, dynamic players that put the ball in play, can run the bases and play great defense. That is not swisher.

  71. Nady Nation says:

    Love the deal. Just outta curiousity though – assuming no Teix, what do you guys see as the lineup? I’m thinking:

    Matsui (DH)

    Maybe flip-flop Jorge and Swish?

  72. p2 says:

    I don’t like this deal at all. This is like getting a younger Giambi. Texiera was the answer. Thumbs down.

  73. mustang says:

    Great call Mike A. you nail this one.

    I like the deal, but by no means is this a solution for first base I hope they still go after Mark Teixeira. Unfortunately this now opens the door a little more for Manny I would think.
    So Mike A. this might be bitter sweet we will see.

  74. NYFan50 says:

    It really doesn’t seem like Teixeira is a possibility now unless they trade Damon, Matsui or Nady. I guess it’s all pitching from here on out unless they make some more deals.

  75. Mike Pop says:

    Who wouldnt want this guy on your team ???

  76. [...] how about that, eh? In one move today, the Yanks took on Nick Swisher and his salary in exchange for Jeff Marquez [...]

  77. JeffG says:

    Nice move by Cashman. The players that came our way should be much better than the ones that left. Hopefully Texiera is still on the menu but I’m starting to believe that Cash has no interest in spending another 20+ million on a bat when he’s going to have to shell out for CC.
    Did we just upgrade the bench with a guy that could potentially battle for a spot in the outfield? Or did we just find next year’s new firstbaseman.
    If you compare Swisher and Betemit – easy choice Swish.
    If you compare Swish and Giambi on a money perspective easy choice Swish. On a performance level (hitting) should be close. Defense, yup, another big up for Swish.
    Tex and Swish now that’s a different ball game. Best case scenario they are teammates next year. Let’s hope.

  78. Alan says:

    I’m ecstatic about this deal. This is exactly what the team needed, a patient hitter who can play defense at multiple positions. While he’s a mediocre center fielder, he’s more than capable in the corners and plays a solid first base. Now we need to address the rotation and see if Abreu is coming back. If Abreu leaves, which is a distinct possibility, I’d like to see us work a trade for another bat. Please, no Manny in pinstripes.

  79. [...] what we’re going with. Mike and I have plenty to talk about this week, including the Swisher deal, which was announced shortly after last week’s show. Then we have CC, of course, the Rule 5 [...]

  80. [...] bat came quickly. In mid-November Cashman acquired Nick Swisher and reliever Kanekoa Texeira from the White Sox for Wilson Betemit, Jhonny Nunez, and Jeff Marquez. [...]

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