Fans were excited after the Yankees announced a reunion with former outfielder Nick Swisher late last week, mainly because he provided Triple-A depth and had a chance to make the Major League roster if the team doesn’t think Dustin Ackley is a reliable back-up first baseman option for Mark Teixeira.
But fans shouldn’t expect too much from Nick Swisher, because scouts that saw him during Spring Training are sure that the 35-year-old’s career is done after Swisher had some knee problems in recent years.
“His legs are gone,’’ said a scout who saw a lot of Swisher in the spring when he was in camp with the Atlanta Braves.
However the Yankees didn’t think that a free look at Swisher would hurt, and they hoped there would have been something left in the tank.
“It’s more on what we saw in the games we saw him,’’ GM Brian Cashman said after the reunion was announced. “He still put together quality at-bats and can play first base.’’
The Yankees said the deal for Swisher isn’t complete as they’re still looking over his physical as of Monday afternoon, but if he passes his physical, he’ll head to Triple-A where he’ll play first and DH.Swisher would also have a June 15th opt-out clause if he’s not on the Yankees Major League roster at that point.
Swisher originally signed with the Yankees in 2009 and was on the Yankees World Series roster that same year. He left the team for a four-year deal with the Cleveland Indians following the 2012 season, but he was traded to the Braves with one year remaining on his contract. Swisher was released by the Braves after Spring Training with Swisher owed $15 Million in 2016, but the Yankees won’t have to pay Swisher the $15 Million should he make the Major League ball club.