The Chicago White Sox shipped under-performing outfielder Nick Swisher to the New York Yankees for Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez.
The highly-touted Swisher lived up to expectations with 35 homers and 95 RBIs in 2006 for Oakland. Since then, he has done very little.
In 2008, Swisher hit a respectable 24 home runs in his first season with the ChiSox. Unfortunately he only hit .219, ranking him dead last in the majors among all players who had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title.
Swisher added 69 runs batted in, 86 runs and three steals in 2008. It’s difficult to determine what Swisher will do in a New York lineup that performed about as well as Chicago’s in 2008.
Suffice to say, though, that Swisher will probably hit his typical 25 home runs and drive in around 70. If Swisher plays first base in New York, those stats will not cut it in fantasy baseball. Owners can take him as a flier in the late rounds and hope for the best, but unless he hits well above his career .244 average, he is of no value in fantasy baseball in 2009.
The peripheral players in this deal also carry little fantasy value. Wilson Betemit is a career .260 hitter and will probably be little more than a utility man. He hit .265 with the Yanks in 2008 with six home runs, 25 RBIs and 24 runs scored. He should not be drafted in fantasy leagues in 2009.
The minor-leaguers that Chicago gets in the deal, Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez, are unlikely to make an immediate impact in the majors and have no value in 2009 fantasy.
Marquez spent most of his season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 6-7 with a 4.69 ERA, 1.450 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 14 starts.
Nunez appeared in 34 games (17 starts) over two minor-league levels and across two franchises. He started the season with Single-A Potomac in the Washington organization, was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg and then moved to Double-A Trenton when he joined the Yankees. For the entire 2008 year, Nunez was 3-8 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.348 WHIP.