On November 13, 2008, Brian Cashman made one of his rare very shrewd moves. He acquired 1B/OF Nick Swisher from the Chicago White Sox for two minor leaguers and utility man Wilson Betemit. Swisher, a classic ôMoneyballö type player (low average, high OBP, bad fielder), was coming off a down year with the White Sox in 2008. He hit .219 and White Sox GM Kenny Williams was quick to get rid of Swisher. Cashman picked him up as low-risk, high-reward player. Not only did Swisher have a nice come back year with a hitting line of .249/.371/.498 and 29 homeruns, but he also added a dimension to the Yankee clubhouse that they didnÆt have before. He got the normally uptight Yankees to loosen up with his care-free attitude and almost comedic personality. However, things have turned sour for ...
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