The New York Yankees have announced Nick Swisher has opted out of his minor league contract. The move comes shortly after the birth of Swisher’s second child. Here’s an official statement from Swisher via his Facebook page:
After the birth of my second child, I’ve decided to take a step back and spend the rest of this season full time with my wife and two daughters. Make no mistake, I am not hanging it up. I love this game with the same amount of passion that I had as a rookie 12 years ago. I want to thank the Yankees for giving me the opportunity to return to the organization that I love so much and wish them nothing but success for the rest of 2016. Despite not being at the ballpark every day, I will continue to train on a daily basis and evaluate my options for next season at the appropriate time.
In 55 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Swisher was hitting .255/.297/.377.