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Yankees Get Swisher From Chisox

The AP is reporting that the New York Yankees have acquired Nick Swisher from the Chicago White Sox for pitching prospect Jeff Marquez and infielder Wilson Betemit.

The teams also swapped a pair of minor league right-handers as part of the deal, with Chicago receiving Jhonny Nunez and New York getting Kaneoka Texeira.

Swisher, who turns 28 on Nov. 25, hit just .219 with 24 homers and 69 RBI last season, and his .332 on-base percentage was the lowest of his career. He could replace Jason Giambi at first base but also can play all three outfield positions.

Does this take the Yankees out of the Teixeira hunt? That doesn't seem Yankee-like.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 13, 2008; 4:19 PM ET
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The NYY needed an RF and a 1st baseman. Swihser fits the bill. Swisher might even be able to play CF. The NYY played Betemit at 1st quite a bit last year. This is a versatile roster upgrade. Pencil in Damon in left, Nady in right, and Swisher in CF, if Teixeira or Posada plays 1st, or Swisher at 1st, Gardner in CF, and Abreu in RF if they can't sign Teixeira and the NYY offer arbitration.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | November 13, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Swisher can play all three OF slots & is a better-than-average 1B. Sadly (for Nats' fans), it won't take them out of the Teixiera sweeps. A combo of Matsui/ Damon/ Swisher/ Nady is their base OF currently, with Abreu looking like an unlikely re-sign. The loser out of those four could share DH/1B with Posada or anyone else the 'spawn of Steinbrenner' deems worthy of signing.

Posted by: BinM | November 13, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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