San Francisco Giants free agency: 5 possible trades to replace Angel Pagan
Sep 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Nick Swisher (23) in the dugout before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
4. Trade for Nick Swisher of the Atlanta Braves
Another scenario where Blanco would be forced to man centerfield, “Swish” is a great clubhouse guy who loves to play the game of baseball. His complicated handshakes and always smiling face is something baseball fans love to see.
Swisher is getting older and slower, but he still can produce some power, drive in runs, and get on base. In 2015, the former Ohio State Buckeye has yet to find his stroke with a slash line of .206/.307/.324 while hitting a career low five home runs and 23 RBIs. Nevertheless, his role has continually switched, which has made it hard for him to get consistent at-bats. Swisher has championship pedigree and a whole lot of postseason experience to add to an already experienced team.
Another outside-the-box situation would be to put Swisher at first base and move Brandon Belt to left field. Whatever the case, Swisher is familiar with the Bay Area after beginning his career with the Oakland A’s, and his low price tag and the Braves desire for young prospects could be a match.