The White Sox have traded Nick Swisher and minor league pitcher Kaneoka Texeira to the Yankees for Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Swisher played in 153 games for the White Sox last season and he was 109 for 497 (.219 avg, .742 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 24 homers and 69 RBIs. The White Sox were expecting a lot more than they got from Swisher so they decided to cut bait and run. 22-year old righty reliever Kaneoka Texeira pitched very well in the minors for the White Sox last season. He pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in A+AA ball last season and he was 6-3 with 21 saves, a 1.33 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He has some upside and it’s surprising that the Yankees talked the Sox into adding him into this trade which just shows how bad they wanted to rid themselves of Swisher.
27-year old switch hitting infielder Wilson Betemit was likely the key to the deal. He will compete for the starting job at 3B with Josh Fields but he could also earn a lot of time at shortstop in 2009. Betemit played in 87 games for the Yankees last season and he was 50 for 189 (.265 avg, .718 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 6 homers and 25 RBIs. He only walked 6 times for the Yanks last season while whiffing 56 times showing a utter lack of place discipline. Betemit has now played in 496 games in his major league career and he is 286 for 1,098 (.260 avg, .762 OPS) with 145 runs scored, 42 homers and 151 RBIs. 24-year old righty starting pitcher Jeff Marquez was the #7 prospect in the Yankees’ system according to Baseball America. He pitched in 19 games (18 starts) in Rookie + AA + AAA ball last season and he was 8-8 with a 4.47 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Marquez will have a chance to compete for a job in the starting rotation in 2009 for the White Sox. 22-year old righty reliever Jhonny Nunez was the #25 rated prospect in the Nationals’ farm system heading into the 2008 season according to Baseball America. He pitched in 39 games (17 starts) in A+AA ball last season and he was 3-8 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He whiffed 124 batters in 116.1 innings last season which shows that he has good stuff.
The White Sox likely didn’t get as much from the Yanks as they gave up for Swisher last winter but they just wanted him off their team. They feel that getting rid of him was addition by subtraction.