12 Apr 2016
The Yankees are signing Nick Swisher to a minor league deal with a June 15th opt-out. This move is getting a lot of ink, but it really shouldn’t.
It’s amazing how circular history can be- consider Swisher. In 2012 he was the Yankees’ right fielder and did a great job- .273/.364/.473- while switch-hitting and playing decent defense. The Yankees let him walk in exchange for a draft pick. That draft pick became Aaron Judge, the right fielder of the future.
Back to today and this move is essentially a no-risk lottery ticket. Swisher hasn’t hit in the past two years and he really can’t play the outfield anymore. His only potential use is as a first baseman and the Yankees are never going to use him unless Mark Teixeira gets hurt. If that happens, they have Swisher in the minors possibly ready to go and play first. If it doesn’t, Swisher probably leaves after June 15th for brighter pastures.