Found October 28, 2011 on
Sliding Into Home:
From Wallace Matthews
Not long ago, it was considered a slam-dunk that the Yankees would pick up Nick Swisher's $10.25 million option for 2012, despite another miserable postseason performance.
Now, it's not so clear.
The reason? Carlos Beltran, a free agent after seven up-and-down, and mostly down, seasons with the Mets. Beltran is being shopped hard by his agent, Scott Boras, and his name came up in discussions at the Yankees organizational meeting in Tampa on Wednesday.
"He's on our list,'' said a team official who was present at the meeting. "But we have to make a decision on Swisher first.''
That is an ominous sign for Swisher and his agent, Dan Lozano, who during the season were given reason to believe the option would be picked up, although not before the Nov. 1 deadline. Now, it seems as if the Yankees front office is weighing one of three options -- pick up Swisher and forget Beltran, sign Beltran and forget Swisher, or sign Beltran, pick up Swisher's option and include him in a trade for a starting pitcher.
I still see no reason not to just sign Swisher's extension and reevaluate the outfield situation again after next season. However, if they do decide to go in a different direction, Beltran would be a good replacement for Swisher, if he can stay healthy and if it's for one year. Like I've said before, it's not worth getting locked in to any multi-year deals for an outfielder with Matt Kemp hitting the FA market after next season.
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Since the Yankees have made it known (Yankees Kicking The Tires On Beltran) that they are entertaining the idea of pursuing free agent Carlos Beltran. Jon Heyman says (via twitter) that he’s hearing the Red Sox may be in play for Beltran, and the San Francisco Giants are in too. Beltran was easily the best hitter in the Giants lineup. The bad thing about the Giants is they play...
The New York Yankees today picked up the options for 2012 on Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher. While the Cano option at $14 million is easily explainable, many (on Twitter anyway) have questioned the Yankees for picking up Nick Swisher's option for 2012 at $10.5 million. Based on what? Seriously? Based on a bad post season? Based on two bad post seasons? One Twitter bud stated...
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the Yankees brought up Ex-Met Carlos Beltran in discussions at an organizational meeting yesterday.
A team official said:
“He’s on our list. But we have to make a decision on Swisher first.”
In 2011, Nick Swisher hit .260 with 23 homeruns, 85 RBI, and 81 runs. He had an OBP of .374.
In 2010, he hit 29 homeruns, drove in 89, scored...
According to Wallace Mathews of ESPNNewYork.com, the Yankees may turn their attention to former Met rightfielder if they decline to pick up Nick Swisher’s option for this coming season:
Not long ago, it was considered a slam-dunk that the Yankees would pick up Nick Swisher’s $10.25 million option for 2012, despite another miserable postseason performance.
Now, it’s not so clear...
The New York Yankees have money to burn. However, that doesn’t mean the Yankees should be automatically forgiven for making a mistake with Nick Swisher.
On Saturday, the Yankees picked up the team option on Swisher. By doing so, Swisher will be with the team next year at a cost of $10.25 million. For his regular season production, this move makes sense. But when you factor in the...
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees have exercised contract options for next season on second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder Nick Swisher.
The New York Yankees have exercised contract options for next season on second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder Nick Swisher. The moves were announced Saturday night. The decision on Cano's $14 million option was a mere formality, but there was some thought that the Yankees might consider parting ways with Swisher because of his postseason struggles.
The New York Yankees have exercised contract options for next season on second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder Nick Swisher.