Who will New York look at in replacing the spirited outfielder and backup first baseman?
In his four years with the "Bombers," Nick Swisher has averaged 26 HR and 85 RBI. As a switch-hitter, he has made himself a valuable component to the Yankees' lineup, and in the field he has proven to be a solid right fielder. When first baseman Mark Teixeira has needed rest or has been out of the starting lineup with injury, Swisher has filled in at that position admirably.
He has endeared himself to Yankees fans with an unbridled spirit and genuine enthusiasm. It is clear he loves the game and playing in New York.
With a verbal spending limit issued by their owners, the club will find it difficult to re-sign Swisher, who will undoubtedly look for an increase from his six-year, $36 million salary (he is actually due $10.25 million this season).
Here is a look at potential options for filling the role "Swish" has established for himself on the team.