... Swisher will never be better than he has been for the Yankees the past three seasons. He is a patient hitter, as his .374 on-base percentage a season ago suggests. And he does hit for some power. And yes, he is a popular figure.
What Swisher is not, though, is an athletic outfielder. He throws terribly. Yes, his UZR/150 (runs above/below average for 150 games) was +8.8 in 2011, above his career average, but that isn't likely to get any better. It's likely to get worse as he ages.
... the Yankees made a brilliant move getting Swisher from the Chicago White Sox for next-to-nothing before the 2009 season. I think, though, that signing him long-term after this season would be a case of paying relatively big money for a player whose skills will be in decline. The Yankees, quite honestly, have enough of that going on with their roster already.
He makes a fair point, but there isn't any significantly better free agent option for 2013+. If there is (Josh Hamilton perhaps?), he'd cost significantly more.
- Jason Varitek will retire after 15 seasons and 1546 games with the Red Sox. Interesting that Jorge Posada (in some ways the Yankees' Varitek) also retired this offseason. Despite a career 98 OPS+, he "called a great game."
- Prospect RHP Adam Warren is set to make the Yankees' first Spring Training start on Friday against the Univ. of South Florida.
- Andy Pettitte is in Tampa as a "guest instructor," said "things are really good" and that he has no plans for a comeback. He'll throw BP today.
- The Trenton Thunder hired a new broadcaster, ho hum... but get this, they also hired a "Facilitator of Awesomeness." Yes!