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Nick Swisher is not even close to signing

Dec 13, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

The latest on Nick Swisher:


And, given how few outfield options there are out there, I’d be in the same boat. Let Josh Hamilton set the market and then take your pick of teams who need offense. Because folks, there is not a lot of offense out there right now.

My guess is that he ends up in Boston, but really, New York, Cleveland, Seattle and maybe even Texas are possibilities.

  1. tonyricemajorharris - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Buyer beware…..

    • pisano - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Amen to that, on the buyer beware, and as long as the NY team is the Mets, that would be good, hopefully the Yankees are done with him as they say they are.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        Ah yes, because while the Yanks are scraping the bottom of the barrel for a capable RF, the one person they couldn’t use is a guy who has put up over the last four years:

        .268/.367/.483 for a 124 OPS+ playing decent defense while playing 150 games a year (34 doubles, 26 HR, 82 BB, 82 RBI and 83 Runs are his other averages btw).

        No, the Yanks definitely couldn’t use that…

      • cur68 - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        COPO! Stop it with this stuff. Let Swisher go to the NL. Why? ‘Cause anyone else available right now (not named Josh Hamilton) makes The Empire worse. This is good. Very good. You did this with Ichiro, too. I find this logic and stats thing you do very discouraging from a Beaver Land perspective. You need to get with The Narrative. Swisher Isn’t Vey Good. He Does Not look Good In The Uniform. He Isn’t A Team Guy. He’s Not Enough Like Frenchy . . . or whatever the screwball logic is that people use to evaluate players besides look at their actual production and stats.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        There’s about zero chance the yanks resign him, with the austerity plan and fans irrational look at his playoff performance as we see above

    • eshine76 - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      He is what he is – a solid regular. Its not like he’s coming off of some MVP-type season and teams are paying for the hope that he’ll keep producing at those levels. He’s just fortunate that the market is thin and he’ll be paid like an All Star because of it.

    • protius - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      I think Church has extra clues. Why don’t you scroll down and take one.

    • vallewho - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      He’s pretty consistent. Who would not want that (if you know what you’re getting)?

  2. mrchainbluelightning - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I guess getting Jason Werth money takes time, he must be waiting to see what Hambone gets and use that as a starting point.

  3. angrycorgi - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    If Swisher wants more money, now is the time for his agent to throw out a TBSOHL claim. Get on it!

  4. pisano - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    church…. I’m not saying the guy isn’t any good, what I’m saying is he isn’t worth what he thinks he is money wise, he’s trying to get top dollar in a weak market, good luck to him, somewhere else.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Except look at the deals of similar or worse players. Werth had a better peak but not the consistency, Crawford had one year better than swishers average, ethier is similar…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Basically look at the money being doled out. $15m annually for an above average player is the norm now, not an exception, it seems

      • cackalackyank - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        I think the best way to summarize what Church is saying here is that everyone seems to be getting overpaid this offseason… so why should Swisher be any different.

  5. pisano - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    cackalackyank…. In that context, as you say, why not.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      But is it even an overpay? If the Yanks are willing to go $12-13 for Ichiro, Swisher is worth at least 150% of that amount.

      • okobojicat - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

        In a better world, that ‘?’ is a ‘:’ and in said better world, this is also the smartest sentence of the offseason….God, how soon until P&C’s report. I need reports on and middle relievers’ velocity and BSOHL reports on backup catchers.

  6. rayfeathers - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    nicky swish should grow that hair back out and head back to the a’ s.

  7. gloccamorra - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Swisher is waiting for a loooong term contract. He could have signed for 3, 4, or even 5 years, but he’s looking for that rest-of-his-career commitment. The problem is, unless you are a superstar, GMs these days are as commitment-phobic as a 22 year old guy fresh out of college.

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