It was only five games, but Nick Swisher‘s pathetic playoff performance has many fans thinking that it might be best for him to move on. However, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the Yankees plan on exercising his $10.25 million option to keep him in Pinstripes through 2012.
This is a smart move even if you are of the belief that he isn’t very good. The bottom line is that his regular season production is above average, putting up a 123 OPS+ in three seasons. He also plays solid defense and has been durable, playing in 150 games in each of the three seasons. All of that for $10.25 million is a steal.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be back in 2012 though as his contract does make him an attractive bat for a team that isn’t looking to spend big dollars. The Yankees can decide to exercise his option and then flip him to another team like they did with Gary Sheffield after the 2006 season.
That remains very unlikely though as any package the Yankees would get in return for Swisher probably wouldn’t be worth as much as Swisher himself is. So expect another season with Swishalicious in right.