Blake Swihart’s agent, The Legacy Agency’s Brodie Scoffield, tells Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston that he has asked the Red Sox to trade the little-used player to another organization.
It has been an awkward arrangement from the start of the season, as the out-of-options Swihart has seen just 24 innings in the field (mostly in left) while picking up 32 plate appearances off of the bench. A catcher by trade, he’s obviously not a part of the team’s plans behind the dish, as he has caught only a single inning despite the marked offensive struggles of Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez.
In all likelihood, the trade request won’t have any meaningful impact on Swihart’s future. But it’s also likely to be fulfilled on the team’s own volition. After all, the Sox are engaged in what promises to be a season-long battle for supremacy in the AL East. It feels as if something has to give at some point, given that Swihart is effectively being treated as something like a Rule 5 pick.
Frankly, it’s a curious situation all around. Surely, some other teams would be glad to give a shot to the 26-year-old Swihart, a former first-round pick and top-100 prospect. But it’s also tough to imagine he’ll be valued too highly in a trade. Swihart produced good, but hardly overwhelming, offensive numbers on the way up the ladder. Since his first MLB action in 2015, he hasn’t hit much at any level and still hasn’t settled in anywhere defensively while dealing with injuries and inconsistent opportunities. The fact that Swihart cannot be optioned will make it tough for a team that wishes to try him out behind the plate, since he’d have to be thrown right into the fire at the MLB level despite minimal time under the mask this season.
As Drellich explains, it seems that a decision point could soon be approaching, as Dustin Pedroia’s pending return from the disabled list will make it all but impossible to continue carrying Swihart. It could be that the Sox are simply waiting until the last possible moment to make a decision. After all, an injury could arise that would enhance Swihart’s utility to the Boston organization (or to a potential trade partner). Presumably, the Boston front office already knows which rivals have serious interest and what sort of return — a useful MLB reliever? some far-off young talent? — might be achievable, if any. In the meantime, there’s little for Swihart to do but sit back and wait.
If the team is “waiting” for something, I’d like to know what that something is. The team already missed the trading boat on Swihart, and at this point they seem to have no intention to use him in any capacity. This is a peculiar situation that does the roster absolutely no good, and I’m sensing a weird whiff of malfeasance – did Swihart run over Henry’s dog or something?
Red Sox counter Blake, asking for quality play.
The last time he got significant playing time in 2015 he performed well, hitting .274 with 31RBI in 84 games. Since then, for whatever reason, the Sox have not given him any real amount of playing time, appearing in 19 games in 2016, and 6 last season.
Swihart himself is not the issue. He hasn’t even had an opportunity to show he doesn’t belong. A trade request is perfectly reasonable.
Simply put, it’s both surprising and revealing that he has played so little given the production from not only the catchers but also Nunez and recently Devers. At this point, they’re best served waiting but it’s also interesting that the Mets didn’t offer enough (if anything) for a trade to have been done before they traded with the Reds.
But what is it revealing of? That Red Sox talent evaluators have seen something they don’t like? Because talent evaluators are never wrong!
It’s possible he’s a bust and worthless, but if I were him, I’d surely like a chance to prove it one way or the other, rather than riding the pine after doing well in the one chance I had to play.
Absolutely right. It is reasonable.
He was hurt in fact every time he had a chance to play every day he got hurt when Vasquez had TJ Swihart got hurt that was he’s chance hell he didn’t do anything last year in AAA.
Texas: Jeremy Profar or Odor’s younger brother. Straight up.
lol. And you know odors younger brother jacks people off as a form of hazing. Actually that would fit right in the the sux
I never understand why articles like this don’t include the player in questions statistics. “…picking up 32 plate appearances…” — yet no mention of how he fared.
Because 32 plate appearances is an insignificant pool of data.
It’s an insignificant amount to form an opinion, but I’m looking for facts —which those numbers represent. Instead, I have to leave the app to find that info.
I’m with pudgy here. Small samples are quoted for other articles yet not ones like this where stats although possibly skewed are paramount to the discussion.
No you don’t,all ya gotta do is click on his name
Okay, here’s a fact: Swihart likes pudding. That’s just as relevant a fact as his numbers in 32 PAs scattered across 42 games.
Well if he is a really big fan of pudding he may like New York since it is the home of Jell-O or Mason City Iowa is the home of the plant that makes America’s supply of Jell-O and pudding cups so he may want to get traded to KC or ST.Louis since they are the two closest teams, of course we would want to find out how much Swihart likes pudding
Bingo. Stats are great, but meaningless stats are…well, meaningless.
You know what’s really meaningless? No stats at all.
Not if we’re discussing Didi winning MVP in April.
It’s called baseballreference.com.
Absolutely right. It is reasonable.
All you have to do is click on his name at the top of the article to find that out.
Research? We don’t need no stinking research.
If you really want to know the details, they always include hyperlinks to the player’s page on baseball-reference.com so that you can find it out.
Because the important fact is how little he’s been used. Not how he has fared.
Swihart can ask, he can beg, but at the end of the day he’s a 26 year old MLB slave.
A slave making $546,000 this season. Not too bad for a slave.
I don’t think anyone is feeling bad for him based on his salary, but certainly I don’t think his trade request is unreasonable. He’s not being given an opportunity to prove he deserves more, a problem I think we can all empathize with.
Poor baby. 99.999 percent of the people on the planet would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
I think maybe 98.9999 I think the 1% are content with the billions of dollars they have
That is completely irrelevant, snotrocket. Blake Swihart is a professional athlete. If he doesn’t want more playing time or doesn’t think he deserves a chance to prove himself, then he shouldn’t be a pro.
Just a complete guess but the White Sox could offer him plenty of time at a lot of positions and it seems like a Hahn move.
I was thinking the same thing, but I wouldn’t give up anything if actual value for him.
Seconded. Would be a nice addition behind the plate or in left for the pale hose, but a lottery pick at best or one of these failed outfielders in the minors looking for a change of scenery at best for a return. He may get put on waivers anyways.
That’s the problem. Hard to be traded when you have no trade value. Tigers will trade Pete Kozma for him, because he is likely to go on waivers when people get healthy, too. Even on the rebuilding Tigers, Swihart wouldn’t have much of a role.
Make him part of the broadcast team with Eck.
Miss Eck, like last night when Gomes was doing color commentary. Whenever either he or “psycho” Lyons does it? The Red Sox games are better off viewed now with volume turned off. O’Brien was a poor choice to replace Don Orsello 2y ago and hope padres fans are enjoying their new announcer while the Sox are stuck with Dave O’Brien, probably worst Sox TV personality since former player Bob “the hammer” Montgomery decades back and that’s pretty bad.
Ah yes, memories of two years ago when Sox fans and Yankee fans were arguing about who would make the Hall of Fame first, Swihart or Rob Refsnyder…….
The price is wrong Bobby…
Profar will beat them both!
I say they should move him to the Marlins for Ziegler or Tazawa. Marlins have been looking to dump more salaries and this is the perfect opportunity.
an excellent suggestion…..
That price to is wrong bobby…
The Sox won’t get anything of value
How much value are the Sox getting from Ziegler ($9mill) or Tazawa ($7mill)? This deal would probably be more dependent on the Sox willingness to take on the money. It’s not like Ziegler or Tazawa represent a lot of value at those salaries.
Maybe if you threw in also one of Vasquez or Leon and the Marlins would give Realmuto. Of course the Sox would also throw in some prospects/ take on more money to balance it out.
Realmuto will cost two top prospects for sure
Sox have so little left in the minors and they will need what will be MLB ready in two years to balance the books with what Mookie will require. Obviously they’ll have the $$ but in today’s game, you have to have balance. They absorbed Sandoval and now Price because they were underpaying others like Betts. Underpaying is not the right word as it’s the system. The Yankees will be in the same boat in three years when Ellsbury is still on the books and potentially they start regretting the Stanton trade. That said baseball has turned into either a win or give up now sport. Those caught in between who don’t steal a championship, will be lost for years.
The Yankees are not even close to being in the same boat as the Red Sox. For one the Yankees have an exponentially better farm system then the Sox they can draw from, for trades or depth. The Red Sox payroll is the largest in the sport by far. The players salaries that you mentioned don’t include Hanley getting his salary next year, Price and JD are not opting out. Dombrowski has turned the Red Sox into a bloated one level organization like he did prior with the Tigers. I know Sox fans always worry about the state of the Yankees to compare in any scenario, but the shape of these franchises will be completely different over the next few years.
Oh and you guys love to bring up the supposed pitfalls of the Stanton contract, go and take look at what they managed to accomplish, it by no means is crippling.
Stanton’s contract is considerably backloaded Homer. When hos metrics slip (and they will, guaranteed) you’ll be singing a different tune.
You take the name of a Long Island boy, root for the Sox, don’t do the work required, and then expect Yankees fans to take you seriously…I don’t think so
Been reading majority of your posts for the last 1-2 years and usually I don’t agree but this is spot on. I’m a LAD fan so I have no biased opinion in this. NYY has a better outlook and future compared to Boston. You forget that Sale is a FA after 2019 I believe at age 30. DD has crippled this team with terrible signings. Yeah, they have AB, Mookie, Xander..but can they afford ALL of them when you still 1) have to extend Sale 2) Paying Price and JD (who I believe has an opt out clause after year 3), while these guys are hitting salary arbitration? My best guess is that they extend Mookie and Sale, try to give AB a Braun friendly deal and go arb with Xander year by year until he’s a UFA. Great post btw.
PS Svrew the Yankees.
Thanks. Yea it’s not hard to see the Tigers situation in what the road looks for Boston. The Dodgers reset their payroll similar to what the Yankees did. My dad was a Dodger fan back from the days grandpa rooted for Brooklyn and I somewhat follow them. Last year was my dream scenario to see a Yanks-Dodgers World Series rematch, because 77-78, and 81 bring back fond memories for me.
PS Yanks will always be the Dodgers Daddy.
Yeah I had LAD/NYY as well. And of course NYY is anyone’s daddy lol maybe not STL since it’s 2-1 record but yeah. I’m just eager to see the rivalry renewed again.
Swihart straight up for Syndergaard.
Who says no?
Clearly the Red Sox. Not enough coming back for swihart
Not the great Swihart!!! Say it aint so!!
One of the most overrated and overhyped players in recent memory. I hope for his sake a small market team takes a chance on him and he can try to make a career
More overhyped than Jesus Montero?
Please. He seemed on his way to being a solid MLB player when a freak accident caused him to lose multiple seasons. We’ll never know how his career would have played out. He’s not the first nor the last. Look at Greg Bird. I love that swing yet he’s as much a question as Swihart.
Get some A ball pitching for him.
i think the white sox are the best fit for playing time but boston may ask a lot for him
Boston isn’t going to get virtually anything for him. If they ask more than a low level prospect without much potential teams will laugh.
If there are no offers they like, Nunez gets DLed before they release him. He must still be horrible behind the plate not to get a shot when your other two catchers are hitting the CT original area code (203 for those who don’t know). Trade for him because you see upside in his bat or versatility not because he’s a catcher.
How much should a team give up for a utility player that isnt great at defense? (Hint: Andrew Romine was a waiver claim).
And Swihart may not be more. And the Sox have no leverage even if he had value. He’s gonna go for org. depth if he’s traded.
The braves should carry a third catcher to open up flozuki to pinch hit…
Except that not everyone views Swihart as a true catcher anymore. It is likely that one of the main reasons Swihart isn’t getting time behind the plate now is that the Red Sox don’t want to give him a chance to fail in front of potential trade partners (despite the struggles of the actual catchers).
I don’t see the Braves trading for him because it further complicates a crowded roster. They have Swanson returning soon and Austin Riley pounding hard on the door (Culberson and Bautista would probably be gone in that case).
Who else are the Mets including?
Send him to the Reds. He can catch once or twice a week and play the OF against lefties. He probably hits better than Tony Cruz.
Swihart for Cano…. or a New Gatorade cooler
I would trade him straight up for sandy leon
Just looking at his AAA stats, he’d be lucky to land in indy ball. It seems as if his shine has faded.
Can Swihart pitch?
In a few weeks, once all the guys on the DL come back, Blake will be the first on the DFA bubble. Sorry, but he’s gone in a few weeks regardless.
Saw a thread regarding trade possibilities this season suggesting Padres Tyson Ross to the Red Sox. Thought being, via the thread, another good arm for the Red Sox rotation down the stretch (this is provided Ross continues this years success). Ross does appear to be more of his old self, than the player he was last year with the rangers while recovering from his thoracic outlet surgery.
A Tyson Ross (provided he continues his success) for Blake Swihart trade? Just looking for opinions. Provided the Red Sox would even want to deal with AJ Preller after the pomeranz debacle…. but on a strictly paper standpoint… this makes some sense to me.
Red Sox could use the arm, and the Padres could take a chance on a catcher because….. well…. offensively, it can’t get any worse than Austin Hedges
I suspect the Padres would prefer to take their chances with 25-year-old catcher Austin Hedges, whom Baseball Prospectus and MLB Prospect Watch had ranked No. 23 and No. 51 among prospects entering the 2015 season. Baseball America had ranked Hedges No. 27 the previous year. The 2011 draft saw Hedges taken with the No. 82 pick and Blake Swihart with the No. 26 pick.
Hedges, who is four months younger than Swihart, entered this season with one year and 166 days of MLB service while Swihart had one year and 164 days of MLB service.
Compare their minor league lines:
AH 1621 PA, .270/.323/.433/.757
BS 1716 PA, .269/.328/.398/.727
Hedges has struggled with an OPS+ of 58 in 676 plate appearances at the MLB level while Swihart has posted an OPS+ of 84 in 422 plate appearances, including and OPS+ of 67 in 113 plate appearances since the start of the 2016 season.
ZiPS, Steamer and FanGraphs Depth Charts project rest-of-season wRC+ of 72, 67 and 69 for Hedges and 58, 68 and 63 for Swihart.
Hedges probably has a brighter future than Swihart because of his vastly superior defensive skills:
No disrespect but this is absurd. There’s no way the Sox get back more than a low level prospect without any potential or a bad contract player they can actually use. He has almost zero market value.
What is absurd? Are you under the impression that Ross is some big sought after pitcher with years of control?? He’s a bounceback candidate on a minor league deal…. the Padres aren’t exactly losing anything by trading him
Contenders are always in the market for starting pitchers such as Tyson Ross.
The market is far more limited for a defensively challenged out-of-options catcher with a questionable bat.
They more likely would give up some low level prospect instead of Ross for Swihart. However, I doubt a Swihart trade to the Padres will happen.
Ross is pitching well and has upside. The Sox will get neither of those for Swihart. If Ross had an 8.41 ERA and a 2.60 Whip then that trade would be possible. Less than zero chance
That trade turned out very well for the Red Sox…..
You’re kidding, right? Swihart doesn’t even get you in the discussion for Ross, who will bring back, on July 31, AT LEAST two mid-level prospects…….And what was wrong with the Pomerantz deal, Red Sox wise? The kid they gave up has been in more operating rooms than Hawkeye Pearce………
20 of time for the train to work out for the Padres, Espinoza is only 19 isn’t he?
Plenty of time***
… Ross is a bounceback candidate on a minors league deal. It’s not like he’s throwing up Cy Young numbers and the team has a couple years of control with him. He’s on a one year minor league contract…. so the Padres don’t really have a ton of leverage here…
And I don’t think there was anything wrong with the trade in terms of the players…. just the front office debacle regarding the medical information on pomeranz. You know…. the one Preller was suspended for.
bobby with a MASH reference that goes over everybody’s head…
The could look it up on that thing called the interwebs…..
Is that on microfiche?
Blake Swihart is entirely justified in seeking a trade for an opportunity to succeed or fail as an MLB player. I have little confidence in Swihart but I hope he proves me wrong.
In terms of Swihart’s trade value …:
Blake Swihart is a year older now than Jarrod Saltalmacchia was in June 2010 when the Texas Rangers traded the switch-hitting catcher to the Red Sox for Chris McGuiness, Roman Mendez, Michael Thomas and cash. SoxProspects has never ranked the three prospects among the Top 20 in the organization. McGuiness and Thomas apparently are out of organized baseball while Mendez is a 27-year-old toiling at Double A.
Saltalamacchia peaked at No. 18 on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospect list while Swihart peaked at No. 17.
At the time of the 2010 trade Saltalamacchia was back down at Triple A, much as Swihart had spent much of his age 25 season at Triple A after being a starter at the MLB level.
With Saltalamacchia as his optimistic ceiling, Swihart has limited trade value.
Actually not a bad comparison. One difference though is Salty had more power whereas Swihart is more versatile IF he can show he can hit in the big leagues. A big if. Funny how my posts on Swihart have gotten less favorable.
The Red Sox have known for at least a year that the club had a logjam at catcher. I suspect the Sox have been shopping the catchers for a long time but have declined multiple offers. Perhaps the Sox need to lower their sights in what a trade will return.
“have declined multiple offers” You-Can’t-Be-Serious
Beer League Softball
I wonder…If the Sox are willing to part with some salary if Swihart & others could be bundled for Realmuto. Yeah, the Sox would likely have to pay the salary of whomever they ship there, but I think its worth a try! Maybe Swihart, Johnson & Nunez. Sounds like a win-win to me. The Sox get an upgrade at C. Johnson, out of options can likely start in Miami. Nunez can play everyday at multiple positions. If the Sox would agree to eat these salaries of the departing players this could be done.
Your idea of a “win win” is terrificly comical to say the least.
If you want Realmuto, value must be included and you ain”t got none there Bub with that collection!
Every Sox fan clings to their dreams of value for this scrub.
Maybe if they throw in Castillo and Groome and eat Castillos salary. The latter is having TJS but Marlins in no hurry. Maybe throw in Chavis who is on a PED suspension. Heck how about Travis too. Thats all they got. Oy, maybe the worst farm system in baseball at the moment
I am Red Sox fan but why would any team be willing to trade anything of value for Swihart when they can just pick him up when the Red Sox have to dfa him when Pedroia comes back? Nope the Red Sox missed on this guy. He needs to go to a new org. and get a chance to prove himself.
I think the Sox just wanted to give the guy a chance to raise his valu back…. which doesn’t seem to be happening. And you got to think the Sox are in the market to shore up this pen… starting five is not setting the world on fire lately, but pen is the issue.. underachievers
Doesn’t get rave reviews on his defense as a catcher or OF
This guy is the worst player to get as many news articles republished about him on this site in the history of this site.
I like trade requests. They keep things exciting.
Realistic best case scenario….. they’re able to get international signing money otherwise they’ll get a player similar to the Deven Marrero trade.
Swihart to the Dodgers for Pedro Baez just to get Baez off the roster
Its a mystery. Here is a team in contention who is basically playing with a 24 man roster. Its pretty stupid. At least give him playing time in an attempt to improve his trade value. Maybe they are trying to destroy is so when the time comes to DFA him he clears waivers. But the only way he clears waivers is collusion IMO, something you cant rule out after this offseason
You’re a, funny, funny guy.
Stanton’s contract is considerably backloaded Homer. When hos metrics slip (and they will, guaranteed) you’ll be singing a different tune.
It’s time for the Red Sox to move on from Swihart it’s unfortunate but that time has come. I don’t think he got anywhere near a fair shake with Boston maybe he will get that with another team. Hopefully the kid gets a legit chance to make it.