Thursday, January 3, 2013
Nick Swisher spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees including a World Series championship run in 2009 but he was introduced as the latest Cleveland Indian today at a press conference. Swisher signed a four year deal with Cleveland with a vesting option for a 5th year for $56 million. Swisher signed the biggest deal in Cleveland Indians history and will wear his traditional #33 for the tribe. No matter what anybody says, especially in October, you will be missed Nick!
The Yankees still need a right handed batter, preferably someone who can hit in the middle of a lineup, and a designated hitter but for some reason have shown zero interest in free agent Delmon Young. Delmon Young is entering his age 27 season after the last season and a half with the Detroit Tigers. Delmon is listed as a left fielder by sites like baseball reference but let's face it Delmon is a DH only kind of guy, much like a Raul Ibanez last season. He has hit a combined 30 home runs in the last two seasons but most of that has been in Comerica Park which was never too friendly to batters anyway. His defense would be suspect and his off the field actions leave a lot to be desired, which I do not feel like really feel like getting into, but I think the Yankees should at least make the phone call. The problem will be the budget and his, assuming, unwillingness to accept a one year deal after his post season. I predicted that Delmon would be the Yankees DH in 2013 when I did my free agency predictions and it is not looking too good right now.
Remember the guy that Joe Torre ran into the ground in his latter parts of his tenure as Yankees manager? No not Mariano Rivera, Tom Gordon, Paul Quantrill, Steve Karsay, Kyle Farnsworth, and a laundry list of other players, Scott Proctor! Scott Proctor celebrated his 37th birthday yesterday, so Happy Belated Birthday to him, by signing a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. After spending his 2012 season in Korea he is ready to make the jump back to the minors with the defending World Series champions. Good luck to you Scott and let's hope Joe Torre doesn't change bullpen rules between now and the 2013 season that hurt you and jeopardize your career even more.