It was reported yesterday that New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher is looking for a contract this off-season in the ballpark of the seven-year, $126 million deal that Jayson Werth signed with the Washington Nationals in December 2010.
Whether or not he will get the amount of money he is seeking depends on the market he is entering. Swisher will be just one of several high-profile outfielders hitting the free agent market this offseason, joining the ranks of Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, B.J. Upton, Shane Victorino and
Melky Cabrera Torii Hunter.
Hamilton and Bourn are likely to be the biggest draws on the free agent market, but Hamilton's troubled past and Bourn's unique skill-set makes their potential contracts difficult to predict.
Of aforementioned outfielders, Swisher has the most in common with Victorino. They are both coming into their age-32 seasons after nine years in the league, both are paid roughly $10 million this year and both have accumulated roughly 25 fWAR in their careers (though for different skill-sets). If Swisher stands to get Jayson Werth-type money, then should Victorino as well?
As is always the case in these matters, several writers have already weighed in on the Swisher situation. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports posits that a Werth-type deal is not as crazy as it first sounds, while Kevin Kaduk at Yahoo! Sports believes it will not happen for myriad reasons.
What do you think?