Nick Swisher Expected To Seek $100MM-Plus

Nick Swisher may look to match Jayson Werth’s seven-year, $126MM contract when he hits free agency after the season, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. Some Yankees people have heard Swisher will at least shoot for a deal in the $126MM range, according to Heyman. The Yankees don’t appear to have had extension talks with Swisher, but he’s interested in re-signing.

"Everyone knows how much I love New York. I've been very vocal about that. This place has been so amazing for me,'' Swisher said.

Swisher said Werth’s contract is “a great deal for him,'' but MLB executives aren’t convinced it’d be appropriate for Swisher, Heyman reports. One executive laughed about the possibility and another said “the Werth deal is insane'' so it doesn’t matter that he and Swisher resemble one another statistically. Perhaps a three-year, $45MM contract or a four-year, $60MM contract would be more reasonable, the executive suggested.

Dan Lozano of Icon Sports Group represents Swisher. In my view he wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t push for a possible nine-figure contract. It may not be the most likely outcome for Swisher, but it’s a possibility an aggressive agent should be expected to pursue.


97 Responses to Nick Swisher Expected To Seek $100MM-Plus Leave a Reply

  1. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

    Looks like someone’s been smoking too many Swishers.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      win

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      …w/ Snoop Dogg, B-Real and Katt Williams in attendance. Someone need’s to tell him “Less puffing and more passing homie”.

      Luckily, I think that’s more people’s assumption and less what Swisher and his agent are probably thinking.

      • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

        Chronic jokes aside..Swisher is a very good player.

        Since 2010:

        .274/.364/.481 w/ 70 hrs, a 12% walk rate and a combined overall 10.6 WAR and 10.4 UZR.

        Overall, he’s been better than Jones, Choo, Willingham, etc.

        4/$54 seems fair to me. Ages 32, 33, 34 and 35 and then cut bait.

    • corey23 3 years ago

      why not though, if werth gets that much why not try. it’s insane how much teams are overpaying guys.

      • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

        His agent SHOULD try, especially if he has a thick skin, a poker face and brass cojones. “Werth” a shot. That’s going to be a new catch phrase whenever a player’s agent asks for a crazy contract and get’s rebuffed.

        “Hahahaha….oh my..That was funny. Hey, it was WERTH a shot, right?”

  2. No way in H*** I give him $100 Mil. Please tell me this is a late, late, April Fools joke.

  3. mike melusky 3 years ago

    If he’s expecting a $100M contract, then Shane Victorino better be doing the same. Swish will probably sign for something like 4/60 when it’s all said and done.

  4. Max Power 3 years ago

    WTF? How would his agent say that with a straight face?

  5. Blanketsburg 3 years ago

    Within the two years before Werth’s deal, he provided excellent defense and good baserunning, along with the similar offensive numbers. Even as a Red Sox fan I like Nick Swisher, but Werth was overpaid, and Swisher is not worth even close to that much. Even J.D. Drew-money would be a stretch.

  6. stl_cards16 3 years ago

    This cannot be serious.

  7. jacks100 3 years ago

    The only way Nick Swisher gets a 100MM+ contract is if he signs for 100+ years.

  8. CT 3 years ago

    Hahaha, great joke!?!?!

  9. “a great deal for him”

    It’d be a great deal for me if I made $126M over 7 years too.

  10. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

    Good Luck Swisher! I was thinking 10-12 Mil a year so maybe a 50-60 Mil contract?

  11. CT 3 years ago

    Werth didn’t deserve his contract, what makes Swisher think he deserves a Werth contract?

  12. Me 3 years ago

    No way. I’d be surprised if he gets more than $50 over four. He’s okay, but not that good. A Victor Martinez type contract would be fair.

    • Good call, and VMart-type contract might be pushing it since VMart plays (occasionally) catcher

      • Me 3 years ago

        How I see it is that Martinez is a better hitter, but his horrid defense compared to Swisher evens it out a bit. Both are similar in WAR.

        • Crucisnh 3 years ago

          Good points. I also think that Swisher is somewhat of a product of playing in the orgasmically LHH friendly bandbox known as Yankee Stadium. And a team whose ballpark isn’t nearly as lefty friendly should be wary of signing Swisher for big bucks.

          • Agreed; there are other considerations besides WAR. Swisher has much better lineup & home field

  13. hardcoreforhardcore 3 years ago

    Shoot for the stars I guess. The best I can see him doing is maybe a little less than Jason Bay’s contract and that’s the absolute best case scenario.

  14. 4 years $42 million, and he has to sign in a small ballpark to make that worth the contract too. Swisher has little power.

    • RedEyedDream 3 years ago

      Well, no, he hit 80 home runs in the football field that is O.co in his 1,617 ABs with Oakland. So please tell me how he has little power again?

  15. itsmewade 3 years ago

    Wow, I was thinking less than half of that. He is well rounded, but I would say something like 4/$48 at most.

  16. stonepie 3 years ago

    easy decision for swisher to walk

  17. groogas 3 years ago

    Uhm, if that’s the case then so long Swish. Love the guy and all, but he’s no $100 million + player. Not to mention the last years of such a contract would likely mean declining numbers from him… Werth was overpaid so his contract should not be part of the argument.

  18. walnutfalcons 3 years ago

    I, for one, would love to lock Nick Swisher up at $17 million a year until he’s 40. The dude is a good player and seems like a class act, but come on. Like everyone here has said, 4 years/40+ million should be the most he gets.

    • Someone will give him a 5th year somewhere in the range of 14 million per.
      $70 mil /5 years would be a heck of a contract for him and not that over valued when you look at the comparables in free agency.

  19. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    translation.. if some GM was crazy enough to overpay Werth, I expect to be grossly overpaid as well.

  20. wrestlingcritic 3 years ago

    Yeah, but one also has to remember that mike rizzo VASTLY overpaid for werth and has to date been the single worst signing of that offseason

  21. elclashcombo 3 years ago

    $50-60M tops. $100M is just Boras fantasy numbers.

  22. throwitback85 3 years ago

    I think a much better comparison is Ethier’s five-year, $85 million contract, which has a vesting option that can push it to $100 million. So Swisher isn’t totally crazy here.

    • Jerry Mandering 3 years ago

      He is no where near the player Ethier is.

      • throwitback85 3 years ago

        Are you sure? Swisher has had four years better than Andre Ethier’s best year (3.5 WAR back in 2008). He’s also 31, just one year older than Ethier.

        • hrbomber1113 3 years ago

          Ya exactly my sentiments….Manzella is correct. They aren’t near the same player because Swisher has been much better over his career.

          • halflink123 3 years ago

            No way…plus you have to factor in that Swisher played in a great lineup with the Yankees. I like Swisher, always have, but let’s face it, he’s not an elite player, and most of his appeal came from the fact that he wasn’t getting paid a lot of money. Even a 4/60 deal is too much for someone who’s a good but not great hitter and is more of a complimentary player than an outright star.As for the Werth contract, well, it was obvious then and it’s more obvious now that the Nats got hosed.

          • hrbomber1113 3 years ago

            He usually hits like 6th or 7th and the lineup has little to do with anything besides stupid stats like RBI’s and runs and if you’re looking at them then the conversation doesn’t need to go any further. Nobody is saying Werth’s deal is a good one for him or Swisher…the point is Swisher is a better player than Ethier just about any way you cut it. And Ethier is getting over $100MM. Neither of them are worth that. $75MM would be the insane Werth type contract for Swisher in a realistic world and 4-52-60 is the proper contract. Ethier is basically a platoon DH.

          • halflink123 3 years ago

            No IMO Ethier is the better player. He leads Swisher in caerr avg, oBP, slg not to mention WAR per game played. This is fact. Plus Swisher hits 6th or 7th so he has a lot of protection, never had to carry an offense. And he playsin a band box, and is a bad defender. Hes a good player but I like Andre more

            Obiously neither is worth 4/60. More like 4/40 or 4/36 in my book…if they’re lucky

      • jb226 3 years ago

        According to what? They’re actually very similar hitters over their careers. Swisher hits for less average but still manages a similar OBP and SLG, and their OPS+s for their careers are within 5 points of one another. That’s pretty close to identical.

        Defensive metrics are a bit iffy in my opinion, but to choose one, UZR/150 has Ethier consistently in the hole with Swisher hovering around 0 — in other words, close again but slightly in Swisher’s favor.

        More to Swisher’s benefit: He’s a switch hitter and has at least a little bit of defensive versatility. Ethier has a slight age advantage.

        Honestly, it was a really good comparison.

      • colt45s 3 years ago

        What kind of player is eithier

    • thegrayrace 3 years ago

      The Dodgers arguably overpaid for Ethier. I’m a Dodger fan and I believe so, anyway. But Andre has a large fanbase in L.A. that adores him, so I’m not surprised ownership was OK with overpaying to keep him away from free agency.

      Ethier and Swisher are definitely comparable players, but given the younger and more versatile OFers available in free agency this offseason, I don’t think Swisher is well-positioned for a deal comparable to Ethier. I do think Swisher can manage something like 4 years/$64m, though.

      Possibly with the Dodgers. They could use him in LF until Puig is ready, then move him to 1B.

  23. Jerry Mandering 3 years ago

    Good luck with that.

  24. Klaus D. 3 years ago

    Fell out of my chair laughing. A career .255 hitter who only cracked 90 RBI’s once in 9 years. If he gets $100 mil, Geoff Jenkins has to consider coming out of retirement.

    • Jaysfan724 3 years ago

      I would have thought Jenkins was manning the outfield for the Sugar Land Skeeters by now.

    • Odawg8 3 years ago

      RBI’s? Really?

      • Klaus D. 3 years ago

        Something wrong with my observation? I realize RBI is an “overrated stat” if that’s what you’re getting at, but let’s be honest…throw me all the Sabermetrics you want, but the stats that still get people paid the big bucks are HR’s, RBI’s, BA, wins, ERA, etc or any combination thereof. I’m not saying it’s right, but no matter…Swisher is not a $100 mil player. Do YOU think he is???

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          the vast majority of ballclubs do not pay any attention at all to RBI

      • Lookouts400 3 years ago

        Odawg, I think Klaus is referring to the fact that you used a plural possessive in “RBI’s”. It should have been “RBIs” or even just RBI, since it stands for “runs batted in”, and the plural is already there.

        That being said, RBI is the best measure of a hitter’s effectiveness. As they say, you can’t win without someone driving in the runs.

        • Tko11 3 years ago

          RBI is a good stat if you are playing fantasy baseball. Not a great stat when you are judging a player’s monetary value for the next 7 years…

          • Lookouts400 3 years ago

            Gotta disagree with you guys. What is lost in all this sabregeek stuff is that you still have to get across the plate. Runs win games, those who drive in runs win games. There are other factors, sure, but without run producers, you got nothing.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          no one says that. they say you can’t win without scoring runs. that’s true, but RBI is a terrible way to measure run production

          you are 15-20 years behind. virtually everyone paid to make baseball decisions today completely and totally ignores RBI specifically because it is a worthless measure of a player’s ability to produce runs, the dinosaurs who couldn’t figure this out have been fired and passed over

  25. ARod's Ring 3 years ago

    I love Nick Swisher… But it seems like another RF will be patrolling in Yankee stadium Next year. Good luck! and play hard in the playoffs!

  26. CHendershott 3 years ago

    Swishes’ Wishes.

  27. Gumby65 3 years ago

    Does he get to take New Yankee Stadium with him?

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      2012 Home: .801 OPS w/ 8 hrs Road: .877 OPS w/ 10 hrs. (202/186)

      2011 Home: .853 OPS w/ 12 hrs Road: .792 OPS w/ 11 HRS (260/266 AB)

      2010 Home: .854 OPS w/ 15 hrs Road: .885 OPS w/ 14 hrs (279/287 AB)

      I think it would be unfair to say that he’s a product of NYS.

  28. Brian_Bixler 3 years ago

    .271/.356/.482 line for Swisher (so far) w/ 18 Hr’s
    .296/.388/.532 line for Werth w/ 27 Hr’s in 2010

    Werth wasn’t Werth $126MM by a long shot in my book. Swisher’s not going to be signed for this amount. No where near it. I’d expect that he’s going to have to settle on something or he’s going to be a free agent ’til he does. Sort of like the Derrek Lee situation except with a younger, little bit higher caliber player.

  29. NomarGarciaparra 3 years ago

    Swisher is indeed comparable to Werth…but Werth is way overpaid. He was also expected to sign in the ballpark of $60/4y until the Nationals lost their mind and signed him to $126/7y.

    • colt45s 3 years ago

      Not saying werths deal was fair but he is a much stronger defensive player…like everyone has been saying 4 or 5 years for 15 mil/years seems fair

  30. Shawn Baublitz 3 years ago

    Swisher isn’t a game changer. He is as good as he is going to get. I think 5/70m at best.

  31. halflink123 3 years ago

    No you haven’t. Ethier is the better player when healthy

  32. WeDontNeedToFinPracticeRANDY 3 years ago

    And I want a toilet made out of solid gold, but some things just aren’t in the cards now, are they?

  33. thegrayrace 3 years ago

    Is Swisher decent defensively at 1B? Because the Dodgers could certainly use him there… at least once he realizes he isn’t worth $100m.

  34. hrbomber1113 3 years ago

    It’s takes a great man to be able to stand up and admit that. And honestly, it’s not even your fault. If you follow ESPN or fantasy he gets extremely overhyped..even though I’m not sure why. Ethier plays like 130 games a year of terrible defense and great hitting vs RHP and replacement level hitting vs LHP. He’s basically what Brad Hawpe was a few years ago. And there’s really no defense for how Kenny Williams handled the Swisher trades. I feel for you there.

  35. mlbscout6 3 years ago

    I think he is a good ballplayer, but if he signs for any more then a Willingham contract the team is going to wind up regretting it.

  36. Yankees5900 3 years ago

    His on-the-field performance will obviously give him most of his money, but I think his personality and vibe that he brings to his team will get him more money. He is such a loose guy, always happy, and always cheering teammates on. He knows how to keep the players feeling good. I’d give him 5yrs/$75M.

  37. MetsEventually 3 years ago

    What a joke. I’ll bet any money he can’t play any where else without a stacked lineup like he’s had.

  38. rdl114 3 years ago

    The way to look at it is to find out who else might be available for $18 million per year or less with similar or better numbers. The other possibility is to look for a lighter-hitting outfielder – perhaps keep Ichiro – and grab Mike Napoli for catching, a definite weak spot.

  39. RudyMay45 3 years ago

    I’d gamble on Josh Hamilton before giving Swisher that kind of money. Letting DeWayne Wise go for two months of Ichiro is starting to look like a very bad move.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      Ichiro as a Yankee – .312 AVG and .333 OBP
      DeWayne Wise – .262 AVG and .286 OBP

  40. Pasquale 3 years ago

    a soon to be unsigned free agent

  41. joe 3 years ago

    i like swisher alot…..but i don’t think the yankees are gonna pay an enormous amount to retain him….since it appears they want to stay around the $189 millon mark…..they’re stuck with over $30 million they have to pay arod…….an option would be to sign suzuki to play right…….they’d have a great outfield with him,gardner in left and granderson in center……..plus they would have more speed, and the possibility to manufacture more runs.

    • SaharaCrossing 3 years ago

      Gardner is injury prone and WAY overated. He has absolutely NO baseball instinct. The fastest man in baseball gets picked off, or is too AFRAID to run when they need him to. Swisher will be in pinstripes next year, and so will Suzuki.

      • Chago 3 years ago

        although I agree with mostly all you said about Gardner . I don’t believe Swisher will be a Yankee next year, he is only a mediocre outfielder at best.

  42. Tinker61 3 years ago

    Swisher has three things going for him but all together they won’t bring Werth’s contract value. He’s good outfielder and makes a good supporting 1st baseman. Or Reverse, and he’s a switch hitter. Werth was grossly over paid and I think those days are pretty much a thing of the past. Too many teams have been burned. The Yankees have also started to scale back on salaries, plus Hal Steinbrenner has Cano and Granderson to worry about when trying to resign Swisher. Another team might be more ready to pay for his services, but not Werth money in my opinion. Swisher is what, 32 yrs old? With a bad offensive playoff record to boot, 12 to 15 mil over 4 yrs I think is about it.

  43. Yankees will stay under the threshold but will sign Swisher to a career ending contract in Pinstripes IMO Even having these discussion so early in the game is a “tell” Swish is NYY – NYY is the
    The Bleacher Creatures and the
    The Bleacher Creatures loooove Swish!.

  44. Not worth even close to that much for 2 months max at hitting well in a whole season. Let him go elsewhere.

  45. AJ Z 3 years ago

    Just lost an small bit if respect for Swish.

  46. William Smith 3 years ago

    or….the yanks could just sign josh hamilton and get 40 home runs alone at yankee stadium. tell nick it was nice knowing him.

  47. soundrunner 3 years ago

    I love swih but he should be careful. Ichiro is here now and gardiner is waiting in the wings to get a position back for a whole lot less money

  48. Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

    Bad idea Nick!
    Swisher is a good player, but with respect to him, he is not as good stat wise as Werth. Werth has decent postseason stats, partcularly good power stats.

  49. Brian_Bixler 3 years ago

    Was, Derrek Lee hasn’t signed with anybody right? He wanted some ridiculous amount of money for the caliber of play that he gives a team. Not sure what his figures were but I’m pretty sure there was something with him.

  50. throwitback85 3 years ago

    If you’re talking about his time after the Cubs, I don’t remember him looking for a big deal of any kind. He was just looking to play. Teams knew his career was just about done. Swisher still has productive years ahead.

  51. Brian_Bixler 3 years ago

    It sounded like he wanted some type of bigger contract when I read this article. link to mlbtraderumors.com

  52. Crucisnh 3 years ago

    Chief, I actually didn’t say that Swisher was a bad ball player. But I’m serious when I say that teams with parks that aren’t particularly LHH friendly should be wary of signing Swisher for big bucks.

    As for YanksFan’s research, what research? He didn’t break down Swisher’s home/road splits. he didn’t break down his splits for hitting lefty vs hitting righty home and away. There was no legitimately useful research there!!!!!! So excuse me if I happen to think that if Swisher went to play in a very LHH unfriendly park (like Fenway), his stats would nosedive while hitting lefty during homegames.

  53. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    Crucisnh: “I also think that Swisher is somewhat of a product of
    playing in the orgasmically LHH friendly bandbox known as Yankee Stadium”.
    Those are your words. So…if you are saying that he is a
    product of NYS and I showed you his home vs road splits over the past 3 years
    that show he’s been a better hitter on the road then that would negate what you
    said.
    Now, if you’re saying that he would suffer from being a
    lefty hitter in ANY ballpark then that’s a different point your making. But clearly
    Swisher has been just as good, if not better, RH vs LF. Not my fault you’re not
    articulating your argument properly.
    Now to address him as purely a RH batting hitter for his
    career:
    RHP vs LHB: .249/341/.478 w/ 157 HRS and a .819 OPS w/ 393
    BB vs 800 K’s in 3,352 PA
    LHP vs RHB: .269/.401/.444 w 46 HRS and a .844 OPS w/ 248 BB
    vs 229 K’S in 1,478 PA.
    He hits HR more frequently as a LHB vs RHP @ a ratio of 1:21
    PA
    vs as a RHB vs LHP @ 1:32 PA.
    The difference in his “more power” as a LHB vs his
    “better” OPS as a RHB is even more evident since 2010:
    LHB- .264/.341/.496
    w/ a .836 OPS in 1,148 PA
    RHB- .296/.410/.450 w/ a .860 OPS in 596 PA
    Overall, I would suspect he would be a good hitter in just
    about every park.

  54. Crucisnh 3 years ago

    Assuming you mean Fenway, Fenway is only lefty friendly for lefties who can go the other way. Otherwise, it’s a fairly deep RF for lefties who are strictly pull hitters.

    And I’ll say it again I never said that Swisher would be a bad player. Only that I believe that his numbers are considerably affected by him playing in a super LHH friendly Yankee Stadium, and that a team with a LHH-unfriendly park should be wary of signing him. Being “wary” doesn’t mean that you won’t sign him. But it does mean that you should do your due diligence and think long and hard about whether Swisher would be the right fit in a LHH-unfriendly park.

  55. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago


    it does mean that you should do your due diligence and think long and hard”

    or you can go to fangraphs or baseball reference and see that he is NOT a product of NYS’s RF fence. Not sure how you still missed that? You keep saying that “I believe that his numbers are considerably affected by him playing in a super LHH friendly Yankee Stadium” but I showed you that he has better numbers AWAY from NYS, so why do you act as if that’s still a question?

  56. Sure and I hope you do not take the explanation as insulting because I’d love to have a conversation about this. IF you are defending the WAR argument, my counter is I don’t believe that baseball is played within a vacuum of conclusions coming from just one stat; quite the opposite where multiple stats & factors should lead to a conclusion.

    Since opening their new stadium, the Yanks have always had higher team AVG, OBP & SLG at home than on the road. Since 2004, when their prior stadium had similar dimensions, there was only one occurrence where ROAD peripherals were better (I stopped checking at 2004 because it was getting mundane).
    As a Yankee, Swisher has had his 3 highest BA for a season; 3 of 4 highest SLG %; and for raw statistical analysis, never drove in 80+ RBIs in consecutive seasons until doing it 3x in a row as a Yankee (about to have his 4th) meaning he has had many more opportunities as a Yankee to drive in runs meaning there are more runners on base in front of him meaning he is seeing better pitches to hit because of these runners on base more predominantly meaning there are better hitters on in front of him than what he has had prior.

  57. SaharaCrossing 3 years ago

    A choker? Hmmph. I think people are making WAY TOO BIG a DEAL about playoff performance. The stats don;t tell the entire story. Swisher had some great at bats, and he was pinched quite a bit in his at bats. His bread and butter is his OBP, his eye at the plate is one of the best. He had some game winning hits as well.
    In addition, you are talking about such a small sample size. The SF Giants won the WS because almost EVERY batter batted 100 points better in the playoffs vs the regular season… it was luck. There, I said it… they were a team that got hot at the right time and were lucky to win it all. How are those hitters faring this year? WIll they win it all again because they are so “clutch” when they need to be?
    As a Yankees fan, now living in Atlanta, I hope that he doesn;t go to the Braves as well; they don’t deserve him.

  58. You bring up a great point not talked about before: hitters aged 28-32 hitting a physical & mental peak, of which Swisher is in. Speaking of mental (which is incalculable of course), it should be noted that Swisher has hit predominantly 2nd or 6th as a Yankee, but leadoff & primarily 7th as a White Sox. The mental edge for a more vibrant Yankee lineup SHOULD/HAS to count, let alone the ability by hitting higher in the lineup what that provides.

    He’s a nice player but one you do not build around. Werth got his contract based on character off-the-field and what his signing meant to a slumping Nationals franchise, that they were ready to compete. No team will view Swisher that way since he has never been the main or secondary guy a team build around. Rizzo said this upon the signing of Werth: “We got the inside scoop on who the man is and who the person is,” Rizzo said. “Jim is a great judge of character and clubhouse presence. He was very flowery in his praise in Jayson on and off the field. He feels, like I feel, Jayson’s best days haven’t been had yet.”

    So the Werth contract was a desperation move by the Nationals and wild over-pay. Werth had been a great supporting 5th hitter for the Phillies. What team would even remotely pay Swisher that kind of money (keeping in mind a team that is desperate, about to win, has $$, etc.): I can only think of the Orioles, maybe the Mariners?

  59. Blue Jays would be interesting, but hopefully they don’t cave in & give him a 4-yr deal @ $14/year. He doesn’t have tremendous power that looks like it will sustain.

    Orioles, Blue Jays, Pirates, Dodgers (if they don’t sign Josh Hamilton), Rangers (if they lose Hamilton) all make sense. Any other teams?

  60. Yanks looking to get under $189M tax and have Cano & Granderson to resign, can’t see them resigning him when Gardner comes back, Jones/Ibanez playing decent for cheap. Let’s start a rumor for top 3 choices where he signs: I’ll say Orioles, Dodgers and (take a flier team) Braves

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