Should the Washington Nationals Make Offseason Splash for Nick Swisher?
While considering whether or not to make an offer for Swisher, the Nationals need to keep what is best for their ball club in mind and Swisher might not make sense for the Nats.
The Nationals are currently still debating whether or not to give Adam LaRoche the contract that he is seeking. While the decision has not been made on LaRoche as of yet, the Nationals should focus their efforts in this department. They have to set their priorities straight this off-season and Swisher is not going to help them going forward, especially when they can sign a player who has already proven his worth to D.C.
Furthermore, the difference that the Nationals need to make next season is not production from their outfielders. In fact, the Nationals have already added to their outfield depth this off-season but signing former Minnesota Twin, Denard Span. That puts Span in an outfield with Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth along with the backup specialties of Roger Bernadina. Michael Morse is also able to play outfield along with the Tyler Moore.
The problem is clearly not in the outfield, rather it is simply production in the post season. This team is already built to succeed in the regular season but taking it to the next step in the playoffs is essential. To date, Swisher has done nothing in his postseason career to show for and prove to the Nationals that he is worthy of being put in a postseason lineup.
His .169 career average in 46 postseason games is enough for the Nats to skip over Swisher right off the bat. Production in the regular season is Swisher's specialty. It is not an area in which the Nats need to improve upon, in fact, it would hinder the progression of young players such as Tyler Moore.
The best thing that the Nationals can do is to allow the thought of Swisher to come and go and look to his failures as a Yankee over the last few postseasons for a reference as to why.
Swisher might help pump the crowd up and get fans involved with his antics but by the way that D.C. responded to the Nationals in 2012, it doesn't appear that they even need those services.
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