There’s just one negative. That is, Swisher batted .167 during the postseason. He had just two extra-base hits in 30 at-bats and was going so badly in the American League Championship Series against the Tigers that Yankees manager Joe Girardi benched him for Game 3.
So the question every general manager considering Swisher must ask themselves is this: Can a solid six months be wiped out by a poor finish?
...How to factor postseason performances—both good ones and bad ones—into a team evaluation of a player is one of the most difficult decisions general managers face. There doesn’t appear to be a consensus.
Some GMs say they simply factor it into the whole season. They point out that postseason numbers sometimes suffer because of the quality of pitching a team is facing.
Still, others saw consistently poor postseason numbers factor into evaluations. Strategies that got a player out in a postseason series will be the same ones he will face regularly in the future.
But with millions of dollars on the line, everything matters. Little things. Big things. Suddenly, every general manager will be going back through his scouting reports and his video to reevaluate a player coming off a poor October.