2013 stats: .237/.337/.402, 7 HR, 1.0 fWAR
Swisher was a guy who was sort of off an on in terms of being connected to the M’s. Some said we talk to him extensively, others said it was nothing more than a check-in. Either way, there was a strong feeling among fans that the M’s should do whatever they could to get him here.
A lot of that was due to his versatility. He can play both right field and first base, which would have been useful considering Justin Smoak, who was given the 1st base job to start the year, was still very far from a sure thing.
Swisher is also an on-base machine, while also knocking 20-plus dingers a year, which earned him a 4 year, $56 million deal from the Indians. And I am sure there were a lot of fans — myself included — that would have given that up in a second.
Though it is unclear whether or not the Mariners made a formal offer, let alone if they were willing to go $14M a year.
Comparable to Hamilton however, Swisher has performed below what most of us anticipated. His peripheral-type stats are the same, including having the same exact BB% as last year at 12.3%. And he is also striking out at a similar rate, swinging at a similar rate, and pretty much everything else along those lines.
However, both his power, and overall on base ability have taken a hit this year, and a sizable one at that.
Now, Swisher has been absolutely abysmal in June after a great first two months in which he posted a wRC+ over 130. But a horrid 17 wRC+ mark this month has pulled is production down a fair amount, probably below what it will end up being.
That being said, I doubt he keeps hitting like he currently is for much longer. He is just too good to produce 83% less runs than the average player for very long. I think when all is said and done, the Indians will be just fine with their investment. If for some reason he stays on this downward spiral though, that won’t be the case.