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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Brian Cashman: Losing Nick Swisher would create big hole in Yankees’ roster

Not sure he’ll ever be listed as a Yankee World Heritage Site (obligatorre ~ PS CHOKE ARTIST! ~ entry) though.

Brian Cashman acknowledged Wednesday that, as of this moment, there are “gaping holes” on his roster.

Not the least of which, the general manager said, will be in rightfield if, as expected, Nick Swisher rejects the team’s $13.3-million qualifying offer by Friday and hits the market.

At that point, Swisher likely would command a contract the Yankees, trying to get the payroll to $189 million by 2014 to avoid stiff luxury tax penalties, aren’t willing to offer.

“Swisher was awesome for us,” Cashman said.

The outfielder’s postseason struggles stand out in many people’s minds but Swisher, 31, was a player who, over his four years with the Yankees, averaged 26 homers and 87 RBIs per season.

“That’s a beast,” Cashman said of the switch hitter. ” . . . If it’s not him out there, which I can’t say one way or the other, I can’t predict, but it’s going to take a lot of work to replace what he provided.”

...“I just don’t see much there,” said one opposing team talent evaluator familiar with the Yankees’ system. “I don’t see any Monteros.”

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2012 at 05:28 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: November 08, 2012 at 08:18 AM (#4297732)

Well, they are still a couple years off, but OF is one of the strengths of the Yankees system. People like Austin and Williams a lot. And Slade Heathcott, who sounds like the singer from an 80s British hair metal group.
   2. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: November 08, 2012 at 08:25 AM (#4297738)
Swisher's a good player, but he's entirely replaceable even in a weak free agent market. Torii Hunter for instance would project to give you most of, if not more than Nick Swisher as a better price with fewer guaranteed years.
   3. Bug Selig Posted: November 08, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4298025)
Must be tough having limted budget for the first time.
   4. GregD Posted: November 08, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4298214)
Is it possible that his loss would create an ass-shaped hole in the Yankees roster?
   5. Walt Davis Posted: November 08, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4298313)
C, RF, DH/bench, 2 rotation slots

The two rotation slots look easy to fill and even on 1-year deals (Pettitte and Kuroda) but then expecting a full season out of Pettitte is risky. I'm not sure they have much choice but to re-sign Martin although Napoli would be interesting.
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM (#4298324)
Must be tough having limted budget for the first time.

Yes, what a pity. My heart bleeds for them.
   7. madvillain Posted: November 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4298350)
Yes, what a pity. My heart bleeds for them.

Take the socialist crap over to the political threads. This one is for baseball.
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 08, 2012 at 05:33 PM (#4298437)
On the plus side, that means the players the Yankees would have signed get less money to play somewhere else. Everyone wins! Except the players, but, you know, #### 'em.

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