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
Guillen, and that keen eye for talent, had it in his mind that Jerry Owens was a ML center fielder and lead-off hitter. Swisher would play left. Quentin - Guillen pencilled him in for Charlotte.
Owens got hurt, and Guillen messed around with TCM in center for a couple of games. Swisher was put there by default.
But also by default, he was cast as leadoff hitter.
Swisher is a good hitter - really a quality #6 or so with good power and on base skills. The Sox needed him to play roles which were not his strength.