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MLB Free-Agent Scenarios: 5 Options for Yankees to Replace Nick Swisher
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Nick Swisher is set to be a free agent at the culmination of the 2012 season and that could leave the New York Yankees looking for a replacement shortly thereafter.

Rumors have been circulating that Swisher could be looking at a Jayson Werth-type deal that would pay him around seven years and $126 million. The question for the Yanks will be is if he's worth it.

Up until this point in the season, Swish is hitting .255 with 20 homers and 78 RBI. The Yanks' outfielder had a solid month of August hitting .306—his best of the season. But since then, Swish is hitting .127 in September and is seemingly tailing off.

No matter how much he might have stepped up while some of his fellow teammates were on the shelf, if Swisher wants the type of money that has been reported, he won't be back next season—especially with the Yankees' future payroll plans and their goal of spending money more wisely.

Signing Swish to such a deal with his current numbers wouldn't qualify as such.

Let's take a look at some options the Yankees will have in free agency to replace him.

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