Some more reactions to the big deal yesterday...
The Oracle likes the deal, although he still doesn't think the ChiSox are a contender.
Rob Neyer praises Billy Beane for committing fully to a tear-down-and-rebuild plan, saying that Beane has turned his farm system from one of the worst to one of the best in near record time...
Keith Law talks about the deal at some length, but ends up noting the same problem from Chicago's side as I did:
Some columnist up in Illinois grouses about the price of a .251 hitter, while including some amusing quotes from Kenny Williams about why Swisher is a good fit:
"This guy fits in perfectly with what we're trying to do."
There is unhappiness over at South Side Sox...not ones to bury the lead, their headline is "White Sox trade farm, make run at 3rd place in AL Central":
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As for Swisher and the deal itself, I was surprised to see he was locked up for at least 4 years (with a 5th year option) on a very reasonable contract. The price of two very good pitching prospects and a an outfielder with an ETA of 2009 whom scouts adore seems about right for a player of Swisher's caliber and contract status. I really like what Swisher brings to the Sox. He's entering his age 27 season, can get on base, and hit for power all on a below-market contract. He's going to represent a large upgrade over his '07 counterpart no matter where he plays. I just question why the Sox thought they were in a position to deal that amount of talent for a large upgrade, but a large upgrade that still doesn't seem to get them close to the post-season.
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Overall, the Sox are a better team than they were yesterday. But they're still an organization adrift in mediocrity with no concrete plan to once again reach the shore of excellence.