Thursday, January 3, 2008
We acquired outfielder Nick Swisher today in a trade with the Oakland A’s, sending them Gio Gonzalez, Fautino De Los Santos and Ryan Sweeney in return.
A switch-hitter, Swisher has pop (22 home runs, 36 2B in 2007) and gets on base, which has been one of our needs. He can play all three outfield positions, as well as first base, and played center field in 2007.
Start playing around with our potential lineup for 2008, and you have to like it’s depth. It’s a lineup that can score some runs.
For a team that suposedly has a shallow farm system, we sure have a lot of interest in our minor leaguers … and a lot of angst about losing Class A pitchers.
Can’t speak for everyone, but I definitely take a Keynesian approach to the future …"In the long run, we are all dead." (I am sure I butchered the quote, but you get the idea).
For a very long time, we worred about our farm system with a long list of pitchers we would never trade (I won’t name them all, but Scott Ruffcorn is on that list). Not much to show for that approach. At least with KW, he is going to be aggressive and try to win. I always challenge critics to name a player we regret trading. I think it’s too early yet to make a determination on Chris Young, but even if you grant the outfielder, I’ll trade one regret for a World Series title. I definitely do not fall in the "worry about the future" crowd. Let’s win in 2008 and worry about 2009 then …
With Swisher, Carlos Quentin, Jerry Owens, Danny Richar and Josh Fields, you can start to see a core group of mid to late 20-year-old position players coming together.
Certainly, we have a veteran group in Dye, Konerko, AJ and Thome in place, but a young core is also starting to form.
My thoughts and sympathies go out to the friends and family of great Sox fan Terry Armour, who passed away much too soon last week. A great, great Sox fan, Terry will be missed by us all.
He was always the life of every party and every game.