TRENTON, NJ – Former Yankees pitching great and YES broadcaster David Cone hopes the Yankees don’t have a power shortage in 2013.
He feels the team’s pitching will be fine, but realizes the team will have to come up with a replacement for outfielder Nick Swisher, who rejected the Yankees’ $13.3 million qualifying offer and is seeking a multi-year deal in the $15 million per season neighborhood.
Swisher, who, with wife JoAnna Garcia, announced Tuesday the couple is expecting their first child, hit .272 (146-for-537) with 24 homers and 93 RBIs for the Yankees in 2012, has been mentioned as a possibility for several teams, including the Rangers, Orioles and Braves. He also had an impressive OPS of .837.
“At the price Nick is asking, I can’t see him coming back, and that’s a lot of power to replace,’’ said Cone. “I know he loves being a Yankee, but I can’t blame him for testing the market. That’s the way the business is.’’
Swisher likely won’t land in Philadelphia.
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