New York Yankees: Nick Swisher Is Crazy to Ask for 'Jayson Werth Deal' in FA

Doug RushSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 12: Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees rounds the bases after hitting an 8th inning home run against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 12, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Over the last couple of days, we've talked about the Yankees' right-field situation and Nick Swisher's impending free agency.

We've all discussed what a fair offer for Swisher would be if New York was indeed going to try and retain his services for 2013 and beyond.

However, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Swisher may be looking for a ridiculous contract. According to Heyman, Swisher may seek a "Jayson Werth contract," which was seven years and $126 million with the Washington Nationals back in December 2010.

Werth has yet to live up to that contract, as he was awful in 2011 and has spent a lot of time on the DL this year. In the simplest of terms, Jayson Werth is one of the most overpaid players in baseball, and I'm sure Nationals GM Mike Rizzo would go back and reverse the decision in a heartbeat if he could.

In fact, if Major League Baseball had the NBA's amnesty clause, I'm sure Rizzo wouldn't think twice about targeting and removing Werth.

Now, Swisher—who will be 32 at the start of free agency—is reportedly looking for a similar deal. Don't get me wrong, I think the world of Swisher and would like to see him back in pinstripes, but not for seven years and $126 million.


At best, I would give Swisher a three-year deal worth around $39 million, coming out to $13 million per season. Swisher is making $10.25 million in 2012, and that's a fair amount given what Swisher does with the bat.

His playoff numbers are nowhere near what they should be, but his 20-plus home runs and 80-plus RBI in the regular season is what will get him paid in the offseason. The fact that he can also play first base will help his case in the winter. But what in the world is Swisher thinking if he honestly thinks he's worthy of Jayson Werth money?

Does he honestly think any team is going to pay a 32-year-old outfielder $18 million a year over the next seven years? The Nationals did it with Werth, and they are regretting it every single day,

Again, Swisher is a good player, but not worth over $100 million by any stretch of the imagination. If that's what he is going to hold out for, he will be waiting by a phone that never rings all winter—except from his agent, who will advise him to lower his alleged demands.

The top priorities for the Bombers in the offseason will be Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano.


Plus, the team also has to figure out the situation with Russell Martin, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Also, if Mariano Rivera will be pitching in 2013, he'll require a deal as well.

Clearly from the list that I have provided here, the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman have a lot of priorities come November.

Swisher might be on there, but not at a seven-year, $126 million price tag. Cashman will gladly thank Swisher for his time and service and wish him well on his way.

Between now and the beginning of the 2013 season, it'll be interesting to see if Swisher's demands drop or if he honestly thinks he can pull that kind of deal off.

Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.