November 19, 2009

USA Today: Swisher available

Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted some interesting news this afternoon:

The Yankees, ever so quietly, are letting teams know that RF Nick Swisher is available.

Swisher is under contract through 2011, but his price tag goes way up. Look at how his contract shapes up from when he signed back before the ‘07 season:

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012*
$0.7M $3.5M $5.3M $6.75M $9M $10.25M
*Club option ($1M buyout)

Despite his big increase in money over the next few years, I would hate to see Swisher go. Swish was a big part of the 2009 team’s chemistry. Now, some say that had nothing to do with the Yankees winning it all, but I disagree.

A great team like the Yankees last year is built with great talent and great team chemistry. If the Yankees do end up trading him, I hope they get a solid player or two in return.

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