Yankees Bringing Back Swisher?
Reports surfaced over the weekend that the New York Yankees plan to bring back former first baseman/outfielder and fan favorite Nick Swisher. The deal is not done, yet, as Swisher has to pass a physical.
Swisher has a history of knee issues so the physical is no small task. Reportedly, one scout who saw Swisher with the Braves this spring said his "legs are gone."
Swisher spent four years with the Yanks (2009-2012), where he hit .268 with a .367 on-base percentage.
Since his time in NY, he stumbled with Cleveland and Atlanta, hitting just .228 for the Tribe and .195 for the Braves.
Can Swisher really help the Yankees? I don't think so. He is a switch-hitter who can play first and the OF so it offers the Yanks some versatility, but he doesn't have much power anymore and doesn't run well, so he's no better to fill those roles than Dustin Ackley.
The Yankees had a chance to make a run at Pedro Alvarez this offseason and balked. This move is much worse than that would have been.