Thursday, January 3, 2008
Today, the Oakland A's traded Nick Swisher to the White Sox in exchange for Ryan Sweeney, Gio Gonzalez, and Fautino De Los Santos. Although the White Sox acquire a switch hitting outfielder who is signed through 2012, they give up three top prospects who are nearing the MLB. "Nick is a quality switch hitter who consistently gets on base, hits for power and drives in runs," White Sox general manager Ken Williams said of Swisher. Gonzalez, 22, finished 9-7 with a 3.18 ERA in 27 starts for Double-A last season. He struck out 185 in 150 innings, but was an unlikely candidate to make the White Sox rotation in 2008. De Los Santos, 21, was 10-5 with a 2.65 ERA in 26 games between Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem. I don't see these guys making the roster to start the season, but Beane has done his job this off season to set up the A's for the future.