Finding a Match for Swisher

Hey Guys,

I’m trying to deal Nick Swisher for an arm and am not really sure what to expect for value in return. Can you throw a few names out there for me? My starting pitching staff currently consists of Webb, Bedard, Shields, Snell, Lincecum, Gallardo, Bailey (Too many young question mark type players, hence the need for an upgrade).

Thanks so much!

Matt from Boston

Matt,

I definitely agree that you can use one more reliable mid-tier pitcher to add to this impressive collection of youngsters.  Trading Swisher a month ago would’ve netted considerably more in return, but Nick’s been struggling lately.  In June, he’s batting a mere .241 with just one homer and 9 RBI.  That doesn’t mean Swisher can’t bring you an innings eater albeit low K type of pitcher like a Derek Lowe or a Mark Buehrle.  Of these two, I’d prefer Lowe since he pitches in a more favorable home park and for a better team.  But if these strong Buehrle to the Red Sox trade rumors prove to be true, the lefty could be in store for a boost in value.  Boston puts up a lot more runs on the board than the White Sox, who rank dead last in the majors in that category, so Buehrle’s low win total of 4 despite a 3.39 ERA and 1.05 WHIP is a more than slightly deceiving stat.  One last name I’ll mention (a great buy low opportunity) is Matt Cain, another guy who should have at least 3-4 more wins.  Though Cain suffers from control problems at times, he has far greater strikeout potential than either Lowe or Buehrle.  If by chance the Cain owner in your league is fed up with the 2-8 record, pounce on the chance to deal Swisher for Cain in a one for one.

Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com   

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