Lately I’ve heard people asking if Nick Swisher would be a good fit in Boston. With a weak first baseman class in free agency this year, Swisher could be considered one of the top players targeted, With Mike Napoli and James Loney two of the other main first base free agents. I’ve decided to make a pro and cons list to decide if Nick Swisher is the right choice.
– Joanna García.
Living close to Fenway, my chances of running into Joanna Garcia-Swisher are highly increased if Swisher comes to Boston. Born in the 80s and growing up in the 90’s Joanna was on a beloved show of childhood “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” She moved on to the great Judd Apatow show “Freaks and Geeks”. She’s probably most famous from Reba, and has been on Gossip Girl. I show I’ll reluctantly admit to have seen multiple times. Garcia appeared on one of my favorite “How I Met Your Mother” episode “The Window” (Swish appeared on an episode as well). Now she’s starring on a new show called “Animal Practice” with Justin Kirk from Weeds. I saw the pilot and it was pretty good. Those are stats better than Swisher. I’d much rather have her Topps card.
Swisher does have a decent career OBP with .358, not great, but not terrible and he averages 28 home runs a year. However his batting average (an arguably overrated stat) is just .254. I guess my big concern is having him as an everyday first baseman. His fielding percentage at 1st this year is .984, for a reference Ryan Howard’s career fld% is .991 and Jason Giambi is .992. So he’s clearly not a great fielder at first. James Loney is .994%.
Now, let’s not get it twisted, my biggest need out of 1st base isn’t fielding % but it’s not something I completely ignore.
Age is an issue as well. Swisher is turning 32 in the offseason. 32 isn’t old by any means but Swisher has most likely peaked. I might be alone when I see the Red Sox as a rebuilding team, one a couple years away from being a serious World Series contender again. By that time, what will they want with a 34/35 year-old converted first baseman?
Is he really a leader for the youth? I mean, he’s not a bad clubhouse guy but I hear how he will bring back “The Idiot” mentality into the clubhouse. That was 8 years ago. What makes you think that the idiot formula will work again? The idiots were fun, but that’s because they were winning. They had a carefree attitude but aren’t players being carefree why the Red Sox are in this hole? Who cared less about what people said than Josh Beckett? It’s doesn’t mean that they need to be Adrian Gonzalez either. Instead of basing players on if they’re an idiot or not, why not just get nice guys who care how they play?
Swisher has said that he wants a $100M dollar contract, there is no way he will get that but he’s still going to ask for more than I’d be willing to give him. Let’s just say that he gets $16M per year for 4 years. I’d rather have Cody Ross and James Loney at that combined price for less years.
If the Red Sox can wait one year the free agent class in 2014 is pretty good. Robinson Cano, Michael Morse, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Adam Jones, Brian McCann, Tim Lincecum, Dan Haren, Matt Garza, Adam Wainwright, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Josh Johnson are some of the guys leading that class. If the Red Sox hold off for a year and see how the kids develop they can fill the needs next year. Wouldn’t you rather have Brian McCann than Nick Swisher? Or what about one of those pitchers?
Throwing foolish money at players has hurt the Red Sox. What’s the rush? There are plenty of first basemen out there who can hit .254 and hit 20 home runs. Even old friend Brandon Moss who has only 233 at bats this year has 19 home runs and is hitting .275. I’m sorry Joanna.