Only if…they get Justin Masterson, as well.
I bring this up because of the uncertain injury to Carlos Beltran. Beltran, who took a cortisone shot earlier this week for his aching elbow, now has to take a second shot. Usually, one cortisone shot does the trick.
If the second shot doesn’t work, I don’t know if we’re gonna see Beltran for a while.
So that’s why I have this title(you see above)…as my title. If something happens to Beltran where he’s out for a long period of time, or out for the season, would the Yankees consider calling the Cleveland Indians for outfielder and former Yankee, Nick Swisher.
Now, I would only bring Swisher back, if the Yankees get Justin Masterson back in the deal, as well. Yankees are also gonna be in the market for another starter and Masterson’s name has been rumored. Masterson is a pitcher I’ve covet and wanted on the Yankees, for a long time.
Swisher would have two years remaining on his contract, that’s worth $15 million per. I thought maybe the money he’s making would kill the idea, but actually the Yankees can take that money. Reason is, they have a boat load of money coming off the books this offseason. Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano, Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki – and more – will be all free agents. So they can take the Swisher contract.
Again — I would only bring Swisher back, if he brings Masterson with him. Yankees need both.
With Swisher, you know what you’re gonna get. He knows Yankee Stadium; knows how to hit here, he loved it here and won here. He’s also a switch-hitter, which would be a perfect replacement for Beltran. And I understand he’s not as clutch as Beltran is in the postseason, but I’m not worried about that.
When Swisher was on the Yankees, all he did was win. We made the postseason with him every single year with him in the outfield. He was also very healthy, too; rarely got injured.
When Swisher was about to become a free agent, I didn’t care if the Yankees were going to re-sign him or not — I thought we could live without him. But I always knew how consistent his season numbers were, which is a big factor. Swisher always gave the Yankees, 25-30 homeruns and 90-100 RBIs — every season. Yankees missed him last season.
Taking Swisher’s contract, would be probably mean the Yankees won’t have give up much for Masterson.
But first, we gotta see how Beltran’s elbow is, before we say he’s out for the season.