Swisher Traded to Yankees
The Chicago White Sox have traded OF/IB/DH Nick Swisher and minor league pitcher Kanekoa Texeira to the New York Yankees for IF Wilson Betemit, and minor league pitchers Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Swisher will make $5.3 million next season which is about $17 million less than what Jason Giambi would have made if the Yankees picked up his option.
Swisher batted a whopping .219 last season, or the lowest average amongst players who had 502 or more plate appearances. He did hit 24 home runs, but was in the Ozzie Guillen dog house for a large part of the second half of the season. Swisher gives the Yankees a first baseman, another option in the outfield, and (probably most importantly) a lot of money to lure someone to the Bronx. Manny Ramirez? Mark Texeira?
Kevin Gregg traded to Cubs. Good-Bye, Kerry Wood.
It appears that the Kerry Wood dynasty in Chicago is over. The Cubs acquired closer Kevin Gregg from the Florida Marlins for minor league pitcher Jose Ceda. Gregg was the Marlins closer until a knee injury put him on the bench. The Cubs are not willing to sign Wood to a long-term deal, and are looking to re-sign P Ryan Dempster.
Gregg did have nine blown saves last season, but did end the season with 29 saves and a 3.41 ERA. Wood had 34 saves and a 3.26 ERA, but his contract was the factor in the Cubs making this deal. It should be interesting to see whether Wood joins a club as a closer, or if someone gives him a shot to start again.
The free agent market opens in a few hours, and it should be interesting. The much-hated Scott Boras is hoping to score Manny Ramirez a six year deal?! Randy Johnson filed for free agency in hopes someone will sign him. He is only five wins away from 300. Mike Mussina is still trying to decide between retirement and one more season. Who will land CC Sabathia or AJ Burnett? Is Rickey Henderson going to screw up Rickey Henderson’s Hall of Fame chances by giving it another go? Probably not. Anyway, it should be interesting, and surprising.