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Modest Proposal
April 01, 2013
With about a week left in the Cactus League, Nick Swisher had spent all of his playing time at first base. He was the Yankees' backup at first the last four years and a semiregular there for the White Sox and the A's before that. But Swisher's offense, while above average for a rightfielder, is just adequate at first. For the Indians, making that downgrade so that Drew Stubbs can play outfield isn't a good trade-off. Stubbs batted .213/.277/.333 last year and struck out in 31% of his plate appearances; his career line against righthanders is .228/.301/.355. His speed, defense and pop against southpaws make him an excellent fourth outfielder, but playing Swisher at a less valuable spot to get Stubbs into the lineup is a poor use of resources. Swisher should be in right, with Stubbs used to spell Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn against southpaws. Mark Reynolds can play first base and the DH slot used to rotate everyone through for half-days off.
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April 01, 2013

Modest Proposal

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With about a week left in the Cactus League, Nick Swisher had spent all of his playing time at first base. He was the Yankees' backup at first the last four years and a semiregular there for the White Sox and the A's before that. But Swisher's offense, while above average for a rightfielder, is just adequate at first. For the Indians, making that downgrade so that Drew Stubbs can play outfield isn't a good trade-off. Stubbs batted .213/.277/.333 last year and struck out in 31% of his plate appearances; his career line against righthanders is .228/.301/.355. His speed, defense and pop against southpaws make him an excellent fourth outfielder, but playing Swisher at a less valuable spot to get Stubbs into the lineup is a poor use of resources. Swisher should be in right, with Stubbs used to spell Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn against southpaws. Mark Reynolds can play first base and the DH slot used to rotate everyone through for half-days off.

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