New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher may seek a Jayson Werth-type contract when he reaches free agency following the season, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
To baseball fans, that is well-known to mean $126 million over seven years. In other words, it's a lot more money than most folks have guessed so far for Swish.
Second-hand or not, some Yankees people have heard that's the figure Swisher is thinking about and may at least shoot for, and one other source who's spoken to Swisher said that, indeed, Swisher has shown real interest in Werth's deal. It's believed the two sides have had no extension talks yet, as it is team policy to wait for free agency, except in rare cases.
Swisher has hit .271/.356/.482 with twenty-eight doubles and eighteen home runs over 388 at-bats this season for the Yankees. The 31-year-old owns a career OPS of .827 and has hit a combined .267/.366/.485 over four seasons in New York.
What type of contract will Swisher command this off-season?