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Monday, January 09, 2006

Zito still a possibillity?

At Metsblog.com Matt Cerrone says the following "…the buzz from oakland is that the a’s will only talk with the mets about LHP Barry Zito when the mets start offering OF Latings Milledge…in exchange, the a’s would be willing to part with OF Nick Swisher, who oakland has soured on…" I like this a lot although I do not know if a trade is actually being discussed that involves Zito, Swisher for Milledge, and I'd assume something else would be added by the Mets. However, before any deal with Oakland takes place Kris Benson must be moved in order to clear up some salary.

For those of you who don't know much about Swisher here is the basic low down that I got from BaseballAmerica.com. He has 25-30 power potential and should be able to drive in 100 rbis "annually." He has a good eye (during one stretch in 2004 he had 43 walks in 28 games), however he at times chases outside pitches too often. In addition, Swisher can become too patient which can lead to extensive strikeouts looking. Swisher has a great work ethic and comes from a very good baseball pedigree. Swisher was the A's top prospect entering 2005, he hit 23 home runs in 2005. I am against trading Milledge for Zito straight up, however if Swisher becomes part of the deal, with the Mets also adding certain pieces then I would have to reconsider.

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