The Yankees signed Nick Swisher to a minor league contract with hopes that there would be something left in the tank. And so far, Swisher is raking in the minor leagues, which has caught the attention of Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
“He faced (Triple-A Blue Jays righty) Drew Hutchison on Monday) — a big-league pitcher — and he did some damage,” Girardi said prior to Tuesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. “He’s swinging the bat good. We talk about always wanting depth. Let’s just see where it goes. But he’s swung the bat well.”
Prior to Tuesday, Swisher is hitting .429 with a homer and three RBI’s in 14 at-bats. While Swisher previously played in the outfield during his previous tenure with the team, the team opted to put him at first base, especially after he had a two knee surgeries which limited his mobility.
Swisher left the Yankees prior to the 2013 season for a four-year, $53 Million contract with the Cleveland Indians. The Indians later traded him in 2015 to the Atlanta Braves before the Braves designated him for assignment prior to the 2016 season. Even though Swisher will never return to the player he once was in 2009, he said that he doesn’t plan on leaving the game just yet.
“I had to go home,” Swisher said. “I’m watching Opening Day and all the festivities going around the league, and I’m thinking, ‘Man, this ain’t over. This is not the way I’m going to go out.”
“I’m not let a situation where I don’t fit into a game plan let the rest of my career go down the toilet. This is not the way I’m going out.”