4/56M sure sounds like a lot for a player like Nick Swisher - especially coming from a small market team.
It might be the Indians spending their money stupidly. But, it may also be a sign that team profits are going up and up and so are salaries.
At least other teams are looking to add MLB quality players to their roster.
Originally Posted by doublem23
I don't know, Ritchie really sucked but at least he didn't cost the Sox anything. Kip Wells, Josh Fogg, and Sean Lowe all had pretty forgettable post-Sox careers. Wells has had the most success putting up a total 1.1 career WAR since the deal spread out over 9 journeyman seasons.
Swisher, Part I cost the Sox Gio who is probably the only guy Williams dealt in his tenure that you can get Sox fans to universally agree we would like to have back. Swisher, Part II netted the Sox absolutely nothing for a guy who put up a .268/.367/.483 slash line over the last 4 years in New York. Adding insult to injury was the fact that in the off-season between 2008 and 2009, the Sox were also dangling Jermaine Dye and supposedly had a deal with the Reds in place before opting to sell low on Nick.
That's probably as much a condemnation of the talent level in the Sox system over the past 10 years as it is a kudos to KW for not giving up any other good players during his tenure.
I agree that the Swisher trade with the A's was worse than the Todd Ritchie trade.