Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, November 16, 2012

Boston, Give Nick Swisher A Second Chance - Over the Monster

If he’ll take three years at $36 million, I’d say yes. Anything more…pass.

The Yankees aren’t re-signing Swisher because they’re on an austerity kick so as to get their payroll down to $189 million by 2014 and also because he’s difficult to evaluate. Rumors during the season suggested he’d be in pursuit of a Jayson Werth contract (seven years, $126 million). Now, Swisher is good, and he doesn’t have Werth’s injury problems or inconsistency (nor his defensive abilities), but that doesn’t mean he’s worth duplicating Mike Rizzo’s notorious overpay. Swisher will turn 32 later this month. Unlike Werth, he’s slow now, and his defense, though presently acceptable, won’t stay that way forever. His selectivity and power should continue to serve him well as he ages, but as a hitter with “old players’ skills,” his batting average likely won’t survive the transition into baseball’s version of old age. If you sign him to a long-term contract, what do you do when, a year or two in, you have a 33-year-old, .230-hitting DH who is being paid $8 or $10 million a year? Whether Swisher is ultimately a good buy or not depends on his flexibility in terms of years.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2012 at 09:09 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: nick swisher, red sox, yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Bug Selig Posted: November 16, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4304079)
7 years, $126mil isn't "$8 or $10 million per year." It is $8 PLUS $10 million per year.

This would be one of the rare cases where a GM shouldn't even return an agent's call.
   2. SG Posted: November 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4304100)
I don't think I'd go over four years for Swisher. But I think he'll get five from someone.

And I don't think he's worth anything close to $18M per year. I'd maybe do 4/$50M.

edit: I should also add that I don't think he has to move to DH if his fielding in the OF declines significantly. He played a solid 1B this year and could probably handle that into his mid-to-late 30s.
   3. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: November 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM (#4304114)
7 years, $126mil isn't "$8 or $10 million per year." It is $8 PLUS $10 million per year.



I mean isn't there ... what about ... what about Obama?
   4. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4304134)
No nick Swisher please. I think he's going to bust pretty quickly on his next deal.
   5. eddieot Posted: November 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4304394)
Please, please sign him Boston. Get him off the market before Ruben Amaro does something stupid.
   6. valuearbitrageur Posted: November 16, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4304396)
Can't the Sox finish 4th without Swisher?
   7. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: November 16, 2012 at 03:13 PM (#4304422)
Can't the Sox finish 4th without Swisher?

Yeah, the Blue Jays haven't done much in the offseason to worry about.
   8. just plain joe Posted: November 16, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4304454)
No nick Swisher please. I think he's going to bust pretty quickly on his next deal.


Nick Swisher has Chicago Cubs written all over him.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: November 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM (#4304584)
Nick Swisher has Chicago Cubs written all over him.

Not likely. Soriano in LF, DeJesus in RF, Rizzo at 1B. DeJesus could move to CF but Soriano/DeJesus/Swisher is not a good OF. And Theo is pretty clearly trying to maintain financial flexibility.

I won't rule it out as he kinda needs to sign somebody on offense and there are no 3B out there ... and he can probably trade DeJesus somewhere.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Eugene Freedman
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Newsblog2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 OMNICHATTER
(23 - 2:36pm, Oct 21)
Last: Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda

NewsblogCardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance | cardinals.com
(50 - 2:36pm, Oct 21)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogSielski: A friend fights for ex-Phillie Dick Allen's Hall of Fame induction
(91 - 2:36pm, Oct 21)
Last: Ron J2

NewsblogMorosi: Could Cain’s story make baseball king of sports world again?
(106 - 2:35pm, Oct 21)
Last: Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame)

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014
(282 - 2:33pm, Oct 21)
Last: Jimmy P

NewsblogOT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies
(2849 - 2:28pm, Oct 21)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogBrisbee: The 5 worst commercials of the MLB postseason
(165 - 2:14pm, Oct 21)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogBaseball's hardest throwing bullpen - Beyond the Box Score
(5 - 2:14pm, Oct 21)
Last: Misirlou's been working for the drug squad

NewsblogRoyals’ James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS but is ready for World Series | The Kansas City Star
(28 - 2:10pm, Oct 21)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogBaseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium
(7 - 2:07pm, Oct 21)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogCalcaterra: So, if you’re not a fan of the Royals or Giants, who ya got?
(100 - 1:35pm, Oct 21)
Last: Belfry Bob

NewsblogSo You’re About to Pitch to Pablo Sandoval | FanGraphs Baseball
(3 - 1:34pm, Oct 21)
Last: A triple short of the cycle

NewsblogFan Returns Home Run Ball to Ishikawa; Receives World Series tickets
(47 - 1:27pm, Oct 21)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogOT:  October 2014 - College Football thread
(445 - 12:59pm, Oct 21)
Last: andrewberg

NewsblogDealing or dueling – what’s a manager to do? | MGL on Baseball
(18 - 11:29am, Oct 21)
Last: GuyM

Page rendered in 0.1047 seconds
52 querie(s) executed