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Wilson Betemit finishing his home run trot on August 2, 2008 against the Angels.

Wilson Betemit finishing his trot around the bases after hitting a home run on August 2, 2008 against the Angels.

The New York Yankees acquired 1B/OF Nick Swisher and a minor league pitcher, ironically with the surname Texeria, for Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez, and Jhonny Nunez. As Peter Abraham of the Journal News so eloquantly put it, “There is no “losing” Wilson Betemit. There is dumping Wilson Betemit.” I am delighted that the Yankees were able to get a player of even the slightest significance in exchange for Betemit. Swisher can give the Yankees an option at 1B and the outfield corners, which is always beneficial. Cody Ransom can slide into the utility infielder slot, and Justin Christian is re-learning how to play 2B in the fall leagues, so he can play in the infield in a pinch as well, assuming he makes the roster.

All in all, I am quite content.

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