Originally Posted by doublem23
I don't believe Swisher was ever acquired with the intent of being the Sox's everyday CF, as was noted, he was the Opening Day LF in 2008. He was displaced more, IIRC, by the emergence of Carlos Quentin as the everyday LF, which limited Swisher's defensive flexibility
I think you're right that Swisher was brought in to play left but Kenny was saying that he could play anywhere in the outfield. The plan was originally to have Jerry Owens in center with Swisher in left. Owens got hurt early on and I THINK Kenny was the proponent of having him bat leadoff and play center. I think that is when Ozzie said that there is more to lead off than OBP and that caused a bit of brouhaha. I could be wrong.