New York Yankees: 7 Reasons Yanks Shouldn't Re-Sign Nick Swisher
New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher will be testing the free-agent market this upcoming winter, and according to reports from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, he's looking for a payday similar to Jayson Werth's back in 2010.
That would be around seven years, $126 million. The Yankees would be wise not to grant Swish his wish.
Why would the Yanks grant Swisher a long-term contract to play the field for a few more years? His age (32 in November) could lead to him being a DH in the final years of his contract.
Swisher has another guess coming if he thinks he's worth that kind of money, and he's sure not going to get it from the Bronx Bombers.
Here are seven reasons why the Yankees shouldn't re-sign Swisher.
Strikes out Too Much
The Yankees have struck out 954 times (as of Sept. 3); Nick Swisher has 115 of those strikeouts.
For every one home run, Swisher has almost six strikeouts.
On Aug. 31, Swisher went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, and in his last 10 games (not including Sunday's), he's totaled up 14 K's.
You can't expect a huge payday when you're striking out so much, especially when you're ranked 15th in the American League in strikeouts.
Something tells me Swish might not have his way with New York.
Yankees Have Learned from Nationals' Mistakes
So, Nick Swisher is expected a contract similar to Jayson Werth's. Well, Swish, you're not Jayson Werth...in a good way.
Why would the Yankees want to hand out a contract similar to one of the worst executive decisions made in MLB history?
I'm pretty sure if Nationals GM Mike Rizzo could go back in time and make a different offer, he would.
If the Yankees were to re-sign Swisher to this outrageous number, they would surely regret it within a year or two. That's why they're not going to make an offer that crazy.
Struggles Against American League
Swisher's numbers against the Orioles and Blue Jays—two teams in their division—are horrific.
He's batting .200 against the Baltimore Orioles. In the 10 games against the O's following All-Star break, he managed eight hits in 40 at-bats. His OBP is at .304, but he's also struck out 11 times.
Things get worse.
Against the Toronto Blue Jays, he's only hitting .186. He's managed another eight hits in 43 at-bats, but he's struck out three more times than he has against the O's.
The Yankees have to be able to take series' against their opponents in the AL East, and if Swisher can't contribute to this, then why re-sign him?
Can't Produce in Postseason
The postseason has come and gone a few times during Swisher's tenure in New York, and I can say that he still really hasn't done anything during those crucial moments "where legends are born."
Swisher has taken part in nine postseason series', six of them with the Yankees.
Over all nine series', his batting average is at a horrific .169—that's only 21 hits in 124 plate appearances. His on-base percentage is .295, and he's only slugging .323.
If the Yankees are going to sign someone to such a big payday, they're going to make sure he fits the championship plans, and he can come through in big moments.
Nick has yet to come up big in.
Depth in the Outfield
The Yankees have plenty of depth at the outfield positions.
Prospect Mason Williams, 21, is said to be the best prospect in the Yankees system. He had an incredible 2012 season at Class-A, hitting .298 with 11 HR, 35 RBI and an OPS of .820—all in 98 games! It's no surprise he was named New York-Penn League MVP.
Let's not forget Ravel Santana, either. Although not on the same level as Williams, Santana will be able to hold his own eventually. In 2012, he hit .221 with three homers and 19 RBI. Although he had a recent ankle injury, he has a high ceiling.
Until the prospects are ready, though, New York can take a different route; it could sign the outfielders it already has on its roster.
Brett Gardner will be back, and New York could always try to get Ichiro Suzuki back on a one-year deal.
They'll probably attempt to prevent Curtis Granderson from reaching the open market, along with making an offer to Raul Ibanez.
Bigger-Name Outfielders in Free Agency
There are a number of free-agent outfielders in the class of 2012.
Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourne, B.J. Upton and Shane Victorino are all scheduled to test the waters.
Let's not forget Swisher's teammate, Curtis Granderson, is also going to expect a big payday as well.
If the Yankees are looking for a real difference-maker, they could go after Hamilton. If they want to go younger, but still productive, they could call on Upton.
Swisher has competition on the open market, and most of them aren't even worth Jayson Werth money.
Yanks Are Trying to Get Under Luxury Tax
According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, the Yankees are trying to reduce payroll by $20 million to get down to $189 million.
By signing Swisher to a multi-year deal, this won't be happening. New York's main priorities are catering to second baseman Robinson Cano and center fielder Curtis Granderson.
One could imagine that signing the three to multi-year contracts would force the Yankees to downsize elsewhere, but where?
It simply cannot happen. The Yankees will re-sign two of the three free agents.
ESPN New York's Wallace Matthew mentions that if Swisher has a big October, he could be favored to be brought back. However, Hideki Matsui won the Yankees that World Series in 2009, and he was sent packing during the following offseason.
Swisher's future in pinstripes appears bleak.