The Yankees are still planning to make a qualifying offer of about $13.5 million to free agent Nick Swisher, but only to protect the draft choice, not with any hope or expectation he'd accept the offer and return to the Bronx.
While Swisher generally had a nice four-year run in the Bronx, the Yankees are ready to move on after a fourth straight postseason of struggle for Swisher.
The Yankees were certain all year they'd extend the qualifying offer, and it appears they still are extremely likely to do so since the chances for him to accept would still appear to be remote.The one-year qualifying offer amount is expected to be for about $13.5 million in the new set-up, so the great likelihood would seem to be that Swisher could beat that total on a multiyear deal elsewhere.
The Yankees haven't made a final determination about what to do. General manager Brian Cashman declined comment.
Competing execs see Swisher getting a three-year deal, or thereabouts, following a season in which he had 24 home runs, 93 RBI and a .272 batting average.
The Yankees have no interest in making Swisher a multiyear deal at the going rate, but that's mostly about their desrire to get their payroll below the lucury tax threshhold of $189 million in 2014 -- though of course Swisher's .167 batting average with only two RBI in 30 postseason at-bats doesn't help, either.
Swisher also expressed great disappointment in the treatement of Yankees players at Yankee Stadium after the Game 2 defeat. "It's hurts,'' he said. "I'm a sensitive guy. I'm one of those guys you give me a hug and I'll run through a wall for you. It's tough, it's really tough.''