Friday, November 14, 2008

Yankees Acquire Nick Swisher From White Sox

Yankees Acquire Nick Swisher From White Sox

The Yankees got a jump start on the free agent signing period by making a trade for Nick Swisher.

Swisher is far cheaper than free agent Mark Teixeira will be, and his ability to play the outfield gives the Yankees flexibility should they need to move a player such as Jorge Posada to first base in the future.

"One of the reasons we were attracted to Nick," general manager Brian Cashman said, "is he has the versatility, the flexibility, to play left, center, right, first. We obviously have a vacancy at first base."

The Yankees are now expected to make a massive contract offer to lefthander CC Sabathia, perhaps blowing other teams out of the water with an offer that dwarfs any a pitcher has received.

The Yankees also received right-handed pitching prospect Kanekoa Texeira from Chicago for infielder Wilson Betemit and minor league pitchers Jeffrey Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Swisher is coming off his worst season (.219, 24 homers).

Swisher is under contract through 2011. He is owed $5.3 million in 2009, $6.75 million in 2010 and $9 million in 2011 with a team option of $10.25 million for 2012.

Silver Slugger winners: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (first-time winner) and the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (10th) and Derek Jeter (third) were among the AL Silver Slugger Award winners. The award is given to the best offensive player at each position.

In the NL, the Mets' David Wright (second) and the Cardinals' Albert Pujols (fourth) were honored.

McNamee needs time: Lawyers for Roger Clemens' former trainer say they need more time to obtain a statement from a federal prosecutor who compelled Brian McNamee to speak with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.

McNamee's attorneys, Richard Emery and Earl Ward, filed a motion Wednesday in U.S. District Court, asking for an extension to Dec. 18 to produce a formal response from Matthew Parrella, who interviewed McNamee in his role as assistant U.S. attorney.

Mitchell was hired by commissioner Bud Selig to run the investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball. Mitchell based part of his final report on statements by McNamee, who later claimed the government told him he would be prosecuted if he didn't speak with Mitchell.

Clemens sued McNamee in January, claiming his former trainer's statements were defamatory. ... Twins manager Ron Gardenhire agreed to a two-year extension. ... Randy Johnson, 45, filed for free agency on after failing to reach an agreement with Arizona. ... The Cubs got reliever Kevin Gregg in a trade with Florida for minor league pitcher Jose Ceda, a move that appears to end Kerry Wood's career with the team.


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