Cano will earn $14 million next season and Swisher will get $10.25 million.
Cano’s agent Scott Boras jokingly asked Brian Cashman to can this and next year’s option to rework his deal. However, there wasn’t much of a chance of that happening even if he was serious. $14 million for Cano this year and $15 million next year are both extremely cheap options considering the production he provides to the team.
Despite the fact that some fans did not want to see Swisher return in 2012, picking up his option was a smart move. A player with his talent just isn’t available for roughly $10 million on a one-year deal. Besides, if the Yankees change their minds they can potentially trade him. It remains highly unlikely that they will deal him though.