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Heyman: Yankees have no interest in retaining Nick Swisher

Oct 19, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

Nick Swisher AP

According to Jon Heyman of, the Yankees will make free-agent-to-be Nick Swisher a qualifying offer this winter, but they have “no interest” in re-signing him to a multiyear deal.

The qualifying offer, which would be worth about $13.5 million for 2013, would secure the Yankees a draft pick if Swisher leaves as a free agent. Swisher could opt to accept the one-year deal, but since he’s likely to receive mulityear offers as a free agent, that’s a long shot.

Before a bust of an October in which he hit .167 in 30 at-bats, Swisher had another fine regular season for the Yankees this year, batting .272/.374/.473 with 24 homers and 93 RBI. He’s finished with OPSs between .820 and .870 in each of his four years with the Yankees.

With Swisher, Ichiro Suzuki, Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones all set for free agency, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner are the only veteran Yankees outfielders under contract for next season. Granderson’s $13 million option is assured of being picked up. The Yankees could make an attempt to re-sign Ichiro and Ibanez, but it’s hard to imagine that they’d be content with that foursome of left-handers as their primary outfielders. They could pursue Cody Ross, Torii Hunter or maybe even ALCS MVP Delmon Young as a right-handed-hitting option. Hunter would seem to be a particularly nice fit, but he is expected to remain with the Angels.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    What if Swisher cant get $13.5 million as a free agent accepts the qualifying offer? The Yankees would be stuck with him.

    • banksatdixie - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      “Stuck” with Swisher? Please, bud. Toronto wishes they’d get “stuck” with Swisher who figures to have a few good years left.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

        Nobody in Toronto wants him, but Ichiro might be worth a look.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        You’d rather have Ichiro than Swisher?

      • stabonerichard - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        Ehhh… Ichiro is obviously older & his production has been declining, but once he was fwas rescued from Seattle to a more relevant team that actually had postseason aspirations, his performance was on par with Swisher.

        Ichiro will be a year older and perhaps his NY performance was a small sample mirage, but is there a Yankee fan alive who wants to see Swish stepping in the box for another postseason at-bat?

      • protius - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM

        Nobody in Toronto wants Swisher?

        Now we know why the Jays are such a suck-ass team. They have no idea what a good player looks like.

    • pisano - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      proudly… I’m with you, I can’t wait for him to move on, his only real worth is he can also play first base, but if I had my choice I’d let him walk.

      • scatterbrian - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

        “his only real worth is he can also play first base”

        How many pots have you smoken?

    • happsnyy2 - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      Honestly, what Swish brings to the team, esp morale n attitude wise, id love to see him back! N ima strait up DIE HARD YANKEE FAN! Id like to see Ichiro back too, Ibanez also, n DEF Pettitte…keeps our team a lil older, but idc if they old if they produce, and all the guys ive mentioned hve been good for the like to see Jones go, and i cant wait for Pineda to pitch!! Bring bak Kuroda too! CC-Kuroda-Pettitte-Pineda-then Hughes, Nova, n Phelps fite for 5th rotation spot!

  2. greymares - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    OK Yankee fans who you getting ? every year my Yankee fan freinds are going on and on about all these 200 million dollar players they’re going to get. so come on Yankee fans who you getting ? I’ll tell you i think your getting NOBODY significant, this is not George’s Yankees anymore.

    • cervellirules - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Given the fact that the Yankees have made it abundantly clear that they intend to have the payroll come in under $189 million starting in 2014, the Yankees are unlikely to be signing any $20 million/year players anytime soon. The only way I see the Yankees going on a spending spree is if all the noise about reducing the payroll is a bluff, but given that it’s come from multiple sources at the top of the organization, I find that unlikely.

  3. randygnyc - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Demon young? When was the last time the Yankees signed a troubled athlete?

    • dino1730 - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Gary Sheffield, David Justice, ARod, Jim Leyritz, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden…..half way through this list I realized your prob being sarcastic. Sorry, I’m an idiot

    • 18thstreet - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Derek Lowe is a choir boy.

    • signichiro2013 - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Delmon young should join Ronan tynon’s singing group the retarded nazi’s instead of the Yankee outfield.

  4. royalsfaninfargo - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    This site is quickly becoming a New York Tabloid.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      Hahaha! No shit Fargo. Good work.

      Csquared, MP, Gleeman, Silva…D.J:
      You don’t want this site to become a N.Y. tabloid do you?

    • nmrdr795 - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      I know and the Roylas they are just so exciting every year..please hardball talk write more on them……

      • protius - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM


    • chumthumper - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      It’s either that or a Boston tabloid. Choose your poison.

  5. ndirishfan1 - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Delmon Young kills the Yankees and his ability to go to the opposite field would fit well in Yankee Stadium. Cashman could do a lot worse…

  6. rudykazutti - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    keep smiling keep shining……

  7. yanks33 - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Of the 3 they list i’d take Delmon Young hands down

    • protius - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      His agent can get him a lot of gigs in Brooklyn Heights during the off season, doing Bar Mitzvah.

      • protius - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM


  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Wow. People want the lifetime .300 OBP guy who really shouldn’t ever play defense? I hope Cashman knows better. I’d take Hunter, who can still play a little D. Not to mention, if Ronan Tynan can get run out of NYC for making a wise crack about Jews in New York, I don’t think anyone will take too warmly to the guy who actually committed hate crimes against them here.

    • mazblast - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      Why are they called “wisecracks” when they’re so often stupid?

  9. vallewho - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Of course not…he’s not represented by Mr. Boras.

  10. libertynchurch - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Delmon Young in pinstripes? Never happen. He has an open hate-crime case in NY, scheduled for trial next month. Very surprised that the NY media didnt hype this.

  11. xpensivewinos - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    If I’m the Red Sox, I would rather have Swisher than Ross. Switch-hitter, can play first…….

  12. tigers182 - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    FYI, if you want Delmon Young, you can only expect about 5 1/2 months of no production, swinging at every first pitch and as poor defensively as you’ll find. All he offers is October hitting, and a creepy mustache.

    • weaselpuppy - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Please please please sign Elmon….he makes Manny and Damon look like Brett Gardner in LF….and yeah, he gets hot for three 2 week stretches a year, one of which is in the playoffs (only against the Yankees though, as he sucked against TX and Oakland)…..and the rest is 5.5 months of choppy little geisha stepping GIDPing first pitch swinging noncurveball hitting absolutely no walking clogging the basepaths and butchering LF… the tune of 265/305/420 for about $9m a yr.

    • protius - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      Delmon looks like a squirrel with a mouth full-o-nuts.

  13. stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    “All he offers is October hitting.”

    Is there a better month in which to hit?

  14. anjichpa - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Please, Yankees, sign Delmon Young.

    • protius - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      No defense. Doesn’t hit during the season. Is clubhouse poison. Is anti-semitic, and you want him in New York? Oy!

  15. mazblast - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    You seem to be making the classic mistake–no, not the one about getting involved in a land war in Asia. You’re assuming that the players you name WANT to play for the Yankees

  16. cackalackyank - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    OK. I am probably stupid for asking but why it such a sure thing and great idea to pick up Granderson’s option and let Swisher walk? Granderson has become a home run or strikeout proposition. I would prefer Ichiro in the lineup, and go get another right hander instead of Jones. Given the way Texeira has become injury prone and since A-rod is good for @ 30 games on the DL each year having a guy that can slide in the line up at 1st besides Chavez is a good thing so I say keep Swisher and dump the 200+ strikeouts that Granderson brings to the table.

  17. gibbskins9 - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Yankee situation is very easy, GET RID OF A ROD and some of his contract. This will free up money and still allow the Yankees the ability to bid on quality young free agents and or trades.

    • pisano - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      gibbshins9….. That says it all. Amen, and get rid of him asap.

    • happsnyy2 - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Gibbsskins-get rid of arod? Your retarted! Arod hada bad ’12 postseason, yea, but hes still a HUGE part of our lineup and team! And has vowed he’ll be in NY in ’13, and Cashman has also said “i dont see us going anywhere other than with Alex as our 3rd baseman”, he aint goin ANYWHERE!! And thts the smart thing to do, Arod vowed to cme back with a vengence, and if i were Yankee fans, id be excited about tht! And if i were other teams tht r gona hvta play us, id be like ‘oh shit, we cld be in trbl’..any1 tht says we shld get rid of him (which we’re not), obv dsnt kno much about baseball or the Yankees, period!

  18. lostsok - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Nick Swisher is a good ballplayer. Sure, he’s overpaid. Who’s fault is that? But that doesn’t mean he sucks…it means the Yankees overpay for players.

  19. serbingood - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Nick is one of the few present players that prevents the team from being 100% corporate uptight constipated Romney clones. He is not overpaid, gives decent numbers and can play a good first base. Give him a 1 year contract. NY, you can do worse and many times over the last decade you have.

    As a last reason to keep him, Sterling needs to have more Swishalishous moments to stay sane.

  20. luxlamf - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Goodbye Chump, Please take Joba with you and Girardi and take that 3 Stooges act on the road OUT OF HERE!!!

    • protius - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM

      Thorazine. Look into it.

  21. happsnyy2 - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    The Yankees shld try and keep Swish, Ichiro, Lowe was a good long man..shld resign/keep Soriano…Pettitte needs to cme back! Same with Kuroda! CC-Kuroda-Pettitte-Pineda-then Hughes, Nova, n Phelps fite for 5th spot! Our lineup was the prob in the postseason, so we got cold, big deal, ’13 a new yr, n the Yankees yr..focus on bringin sum ppl back, gettin n keepin em healthy, n mayb a lil pitchin, n we’ll see 2013 Yankees WS Champions! NYY 4 life!

  22. freeagentsignee - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Get a deal Nick, Yankees!
    Get a deal Cody, Yankees!

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