Joel Sherman of the NY Post has been on the Yankees beat longer than any other writer for any publication. This means that he often has better sources and better insight as to what the Yankees future plans are. What he says is going to happen, usually ends up happening.
That is not good news for Nick Swisher as Sherman wrote yesterday that the Yankees are serious about getting their budget to $189 million by 2014 which means they will not re-sign Swisher this offseason.
It has been the case for a while now that this is a real possibility. The Yankees already have big commitments to a few players in 2014 and will need to give one or both of Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson a large raise if they plan on keeping them. That means that there won’t be much money to go around, the Yankees will likely face a tough choice between Swisher and Russell Martin. With no other catchers on the horizon (what happened to the Yankees depth behind the plate?), Swisher very well be on the short end of that stick.
Now, as much as I trust Sherman there are a lot of things that could happen between now and this offseason that could change the Yankees minds. Injuries are the most obvious, but Swisher could shock people and be willing to take a more team friendly deal to stay in the Bronx. Unforseen trades could also pop up that change the Yankees blueprint of the future.
Either way, if the Yankees are really serious about getting under the luxury tax threshold by 2014, tough decisions will be coming.