Aside from receiving some (deserving) postseason boos, Nick Swisher is still a fan favorite in New York.
Nick Swisher is still a solid player, who had 24 homers and 93 runs batted in last season.
However, the outfielder was a New York Yankee for the last four seasons.
Last season, Swisher hit .272 / .364 / .473 with 36 doubles, 24 homers and 93 runs batted in.
The Yankees outfielder also crushed the Red Sox in 2012, batting .459 and slugging .836 with eight doubles, five HRs, 15 RBI and 14 walks over 61 at bats against the team. Three of those home runs and 12 of those runs batted in came at Fenway Park.
But, was he really better than Cody Ross?
In 18 fewer games and 61 fewer at-bats, Ross only had two fewer doubles, two fewer HRs, 12 fewer RBI and five fewer points in batting average. However, Swisher posted an OBP (.364) 38 points higher than Ross’ (.326).
What separates the two soon-to-be 32-year-olds is that Ross, a right-handed batter, had the Green Monster in his favor, and Swisher, a switch hitter who’s better as a lefty, had the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium in his favor.
Ross is a better fit in Fenway. Swisher is a better fit in New York.
It would certainly be controversial for the Red Sox to lure a fan favorite of the Yankees, but isn’t that exactly what the Yankees did with Johnny Damon?
Both soon-to-be 32 year olds had similar stats in 2012, but Swisher is a better fit in New York and should continue to be a Red Sox rival, not a Red Sox outfielder.
And, don't forget that Swisher was just 5-for-30 (.167) this past postseason.
Better Veteran, Free-Agent Corner Outfielder: Cody Ross