But that’s about to change.
Swisher is a free agent and rumors have been rampant that he’s seeking “Jayson Werth money," or at least something in the ballpark of that massive seven-year, $126M contract given out by the Nationals two years ago. At the very least, Swisher has to be thinking about the six-year, $95.95M contract snagged by Andre Ethier last spring.
Keeping Swisher, who has fallen out of favor with many Yankee fans, thanks to a .169 career postseason batting average and a 5-30 playoff performance in 2012, will require a lot of money and a lot of years.
With $297 million committed to Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia through 2017, and with Robinson Cano due for a monstrous pay-day a year from now, the Yankees probably can’t afford to throw another mega-deal at another over-30 player like Swisher. Their budget constraints will also keep them from pursuing free agent Josh Hamilton or Ethier, who is rumored to be available via trade.
According to Baseball America, three of the Yankees’ top four prospects (Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin) are outfielders, but all are at least a year, probably two years, away from the majors.
With Swisher seemingly a goner, the Yankees will look to fill right field for the next season or two with productive, yet affordable players. The following are a few options they may consider.