Brian Cashman will do a conference call with reporters in 15 minutes, so check back later for his impressions of the deal.
My quick impression: It’s impossible to quibble with the Yankees giving up three players like Betemit, Marquez and Nunez. Marquez is a former sandwich pick (2004) who had a solid 2007 season but never really got on track in 2008. He was in that second-tier group of pitching prospects, much like Karstens, McCutchen and Ohlendorf were.
Swisher finished the 2008 season poorly but he can play first base and center field. He has been an on-base guy in his career and hits for power. He is at worst serviceable option at both positions. We’ll hear soon where Cash sees him fitting in. I have predicted from the start that the Yankees would go the trade route for a 1B. Maybe this is it.
UPDATE, 4:39 p.m.: Cashman just said that if the season started today, Swisher is the 1B. … The more I think about this deal, the more it makes sense. Swisher has three years remaining on his deal – right about the time the Yankees could need first base as an option for Jeter and/or Posada.
Given the value Cashman places on roster flexibility, it was always hard to see them adding huge deals for two players this winter. Teixeira is an attractive player but at what cost?
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m: Cashman just said Swisher, in their mind, is more of a 1B and corner OF and only would played CF in an emergency. He’s their 1B, folks. They didn’t pick up a $22 million bench guy.