Visualizing the path to Swisher with FFFB


As the trade deadline approached this past July, I traced the long and winding road from Hideki Irabu to Nick Swisher. The pieces the Yanks used to acquire Swisher traced their Bronx lineage back to international free agent signings the team had made in 1990, and the resulting flow chart show how Swisher was the ultimate reward from a very complex series of transactions that stretched across two decades and four World Series championships.

I approached Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball fame to produce a visualisation of the trade lineage, and today, it’s ready to go. The segment above is just a small piece of Robinson’s final work. You can view it in full in a new window by clicking the thumbnail at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a guide to the chart: The players on the righthand side were those drafted by the Yankees. Follow their lines to see when they were traded, to which teams and for which players. Those at the bottom of the arrows are the guys the Yanks sent packing. On the left side are the trades. For instance, in December 2001, the Yanks acquired Robin Ventura for David Justice. They eventually sent Ventura to the Dodgers for Bubba Crosby and Scott Proctor. Following Proctor’s arrow lands you at Wilson Betemit and from there, to Nick Swisher. What a complicated web a baseball trade can spin.

Categories : Transactions


  1. Yank the Frank says:

    It looks like a subway map.

  2. Rob says:

    i still can’t figure. that has to be the most confusing shit i ever looked at

    • Ed says:

      I agree with you Rob, I think if whoever had to make this chart wanted to the could trace all back to the trade of the Babe Ruth.

  3. llawree says:

    is that the proposed subway line for 2nd ave Ben?

  4. Kiersten says:

    Trying to figure out what Damaso Marte has to do with Nick Swisher…

    so. confused.

  5. Mike says:

    Yea it looks like that trade wasn’t related at all. But I am most likely missing something as I was thoroughly confused

  6. Yankees got Jeremy Bleich when Luis Vizcaino left.

  7. Slappy White says:

    That is the work of a “Beautiful Mind”…..apparently

  8. ND Mike says:

    That is awesome. I like the idea of a Babe Ruth poster. It would look like one of those particle physics images from the particle collider.

  9. Jesus Montero's Brain says:

    Horrible chart. Looks nice though.

  10. Big Juan says:

    This is awesome. And I’m not finding it as hard to figure out as others. Great work.

  11. Thomas in Rockford says:

    I think the chart is wonderful and makes perfect sense.

    TO answer earlier comments – the Marte trade is in there just to have an exit point for Ohlendorff. The chart is set up to show all the trades that caused other players on the chart to enter or exit…

  12. Matt DiBari says:

    Wilson Betemit is pretty close to my least favorite Yankee* of the current era, so it always brings a smile to my face to see Betemit for Swisher.

    *The Pavanos of the world are on their own level all together.

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