More from baseball’s hot stove:
Nick Swisher to the New York Yankees. This move is good for Swisher, assuming he gets at bats. With a very full outfield, Swisher looks like a lock for first base. Assuming Johnny Damon doesn’t steal 1B AB’s, Swisher looks good in a lineup loaded with fire power. Swisher posted a .219/24/69 line in 2008 and looks ripe to improve on those numbers surrounded by a lot of big bats. I’d look for something in the .240/25/80 range, assuming he can get at least 500 AB’s.
Kevin Gregg to the Chicago Cubs. This move does more for shoring up a number of positions than it does for Gregg himself. Gregg will probably set up for Carlos Marmol in Chicago, sending Kerry Wood looking for a new team. Gregg will pick up a handful of saves, but this move boosts Marmol’s value.
Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham to Washington. Olsen pitched well in September, giving the Nats hope that he’s ready to show that there’s more to him than a reputation. Willingham’s got an injured back history, which is never good for a power hitter. Neither is worth a lot on draft day, but they are both well worth late round flyers.