In an otherwise dreary piece in today’s New York Times about Nick Swisher’s hairstyle — it is spring training after all, and the media has nothing better to write about — I saw this little nugget from Brian Cashman tucked away in the 14th paragraph:
“We tried to get him for 2008 but the price was too high.” After Swisher hit .219 and reportedly turned off the White Sox front office, Cashman went after him again.
The Yanks tried to get Swisher for 2008? Does that mean they tried to acquire him for Opening Day or during the playoff push? In either case, I found that bit of information very interesting. It prompted the following monologue in my head:
- What would the Yanks have done with Damon (LF) or Abreu (RF) if they targeted Swisher before the season started?
- Perhaps they wanted him for first base and would’ve made Giambi the primary DH, knowing that Matsui’s knees wouldn’t hold up for the ’08 season?
- Did the Yanks try to get Swisher first, found they couldn’t get him from Oakland, and then settled for Nady in the deal with Pittsburgh thereafter?
Everything happens for a reason and it’s probably for the best that Cashman didn’t land Swisher the first time around. The price dropped (precipitously, I’d imagine) and, as we know, it all worked out in the end.