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Nick Swisher: From Chicago Garbage to New York Gold

Swisher arrived in New York rather unheralded, acquired from the White Sox after the 2008 season for seldom-used infielder Wilson Betemit and two throwaway prospects.

He had allegedly worn out his welcome in Chicago after only one season, having alienated manager Ozzie Guillen and suffered through a career-worst .219/.332/.410 season.

But the surface numbers don't adequately tell the tale of Swisher's 2008 campaign.

2008 is the only season in Swisher's career in which he posted an OPS+ of under 100. Despite the lesser numbers, many of Swisher's peripheral stats remained within normal ranges.

He still managed 24 home runs while keeping his walk and strikeout rates around his career average.  His isolated ...

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