Against that backdrop, it behooves us to consult the experts regarding the Swisher-to-the-Sox trade. I'm not up on most teams' prospects -- by the time I've heard of them, it's because everyone is already talking about them -- but John Sickles is, and he seems to think that the A's did a great job:
Blez: First of all, what do you think of the players the A's got for Nick Swisher?So I (and apparently White Sox fans) guess Beane did OK here.
John Sickels: I had Gonzalez as my number one White Sox prospect, and De Los Santos as number two, both Grade B+, both among the best pitching prospects in baseball . . .
. . . Blez: What's a guy have to do to earn an A from Sickels?
Sickels: I'm a tough grader. To get a Grade A- or even the very rare regular Grade A is quite tough. For me, B+ is high praise.