Matt P wrote:
Any reasons for that thought? I only watch the Yankees when they play the Orioles and he has always looked fine in RF. Looking up his UZR it seems like he is a pretty good defender.
I have always seen him as a 1B. He was playing RF because NY had Tex. I'll give him credit for making himself into a league average RF, but he's never really been comfortable there. His routes are below average, he doesn't play balls in the corner well, and his arm is below average for RF. IMO over the last few years he's started to slow down in his movement out there. At his age it's understandable, but it's also heading towards fringe status.
Let's face it, his best position has always been bat. He WAS very good there, but that's starting to fade a bit too. If he and Torii Hunter were standing side by side for a pick up game I would pick Hunter because of his glove AND his bat. IMO both of those players would be a solid addition to any club ON A ONE YEAR CONTRACT. Hunter might accept that's where he is in his career. I don't think Swisher will.