Yankees Likely To Retain Swisher, Pass On Beltran

The Yankees are likely to pick up Nick Swisher's $10.25MM option for 2012 and stay out of the bidding for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News. Though it looks like they'll stick with Swisher, no decisions have been finalized, according to McCarron. Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com reported yesterday that the Yankees are considering Beltran as an option in right field.

Swisher, 30, posted a .260/.374/.449 line with 23 home runs in 2011, while Beltran posted a .300/.385/.525 line with 22 homers. Beltran cannot be offered arbitration, so he won't cost a draft pick despite his Type A free agent ranking. It doesn't sound as though the Yankees would pursue both switch-hitters, but if necessary they could flip Swisher for pitching after signing Beltran.


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26 Comments on "Yankees Likely To Retain Swisher, Pass On Beltran"


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Pete
3 years 8 months ago

Wait wait wait, they’re going to go with the younger, more consistent, more healthy player? SHOCKING.

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

pleasantly shocking.

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Ethanator99
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t know how I read this as “unlikely to retain Swisher”. In my mind it went from a good story to a non-story.

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Alex
3 years 8 months ago

So at least one person in the media has the sense to not listen to ridiculous rumors? Color me surprised.

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chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Swisher’s sweet compared to Beltran

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3 years 8 months ago

I see what you did there.

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mikeclyne
3 years 8 months ago

Swisher is good, not great…I’d prefer someone w/ a little more upside at this point but not many good alternatives

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Alex
3 years 8 months ago

I’d rather wait until next year and go after Kemp or Ethier.

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3 years 8 months ago

Let the Red Sox have Ethier. Huuuuuge platoon split, bad at defense.

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captainjeter
3 years 8 months ago

that is  what they Yanks  are waiting for . Don’t forget  Hamilton  and Victorino

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3 years 8 months ago

Who is available that would only be with the team for a year, and is better than Swisher? Beltran if he’s healthy and everything goes right might be, but I doubt everything will go right and you’d have to have him for another 2-3 years.

I think Swisher is really underrated in a lot of ways. He makes the play on that Freese flyball that Cruz turned into a triple last night.

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Slopeboy
3 years 8 months ago

I’m not a huge Swisher fan, but I agree that he makes that play last night. He’s not the greatest RF’er but he’s not afraid to attack the wall. Cruz is more than likely hurt and didn’t want to make matters worse on that play and paid the price.

As for the option, I would prefer Beltran on a 2 yr@ $25MM deal. Beltran and Boras can’t really dictate the terms anymore, after the last few years. They may start at a high level, but will have to come back to earth in terms of salary. If He could be had at that price, I would sign him over Swisher, despite the lower price.