Yankees exercise 2012 options for Cano, Swisher

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As expected, the Yankees have officially exercised their club options for Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher. Cano will earn $14M next season, Swisher $10.25M. Both no-brainers, if you ask me. CC Sabathia has until midnight Monday to opt out of the remaining four years and $92M left on his deal, which he almost certainly will.

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Snowy Saturday Night Open Thread
Eight Yankees file for free agency as offseason begins
  • Darren

    To quote Springsteen’s Dad,

    “That’s good, that’s good.”

  • CANO FAN #1

    Hey mike. Six strong inning for noesi tonight.

  • BK2ATL

    Yeah, definitely 2 no-brainers.

    Now onto the hard stuff.

    • YankeesJunkie

      The big thing will be signing CC to an extension. After that the offense is fairly strong and the Yanks may be just looking to add a front end starter in Darvish and Wilson. I don’t particularly care for either of them necessarily, but I feel this was Wilson’s career year and Darvish is entering his prime.

      • Thomas Cassidy

        They need offense. The problem is where?

        On paper, this team could be the AL All-Star starting line-up if they weren’t all on the Yankees. They just can’t hit the damn baseball.

        I like to think that the Mariners would accept a Teixeira, Betances, and Joseph deal for Hernandez.

        Yankees sign Pujols/Fielder for first. But Tex has the no trade clause and the Yankees would never do that deal.

        • Brian S.

          1. We had the second best offense in baseball
          2. It’s the Mariners that would call Cashman batshit insane and hang up on him.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          The Mariners are not trading Felix Hernandez.

          • FachoinaNYY

            We are not trading Mark Teixeira.

            In fact over the next five years there is a much greater chance Felix gets traded than Teixeira.

            • Billion$Bullpen

              Am I wrong or does Tex have a no trade clause?

              • Dave203

                Yes, full no-trade clause. He’s not OK’ing a deal to Seattle. Moving on…

        • https://twitter.com/richardiurilli Richard Iurilli

          Thank you for making me laugh hysterically at 4:00 AM. Seriously. Thank you so much.

        • steve (different one)

          Well, if the Yankees are including Joseph, I don’t see how that doesn’t get done…

          • Fernando

            Only if that JOSEPH is JOSEPH DIMAGGIO.

      • BK2ATL

        Definitely lock CC up, tomorrow if possible.

        I’ll pass on Wilson, even if he’s the only top FA option left.

        Watched Darvish pitch last night, well, this morning (1-3 am EST). Kid is pretty impressive. Knows how to pitch, knows what he wants to do on the mound, and most importantly, successfully executes his pitches.

        Command of pitches? Check.
        Velocity? Appeared so. No gun.
        Poise? Definitely unaffected
        Distance? Went 7 inning, 1 run, 107 pitches

        It was only one game, but he’d could be interesting in pinstripes in 2012.

        • Yank29

          you had to use a thing on google that would translate it into mph but he hit 95 in the 7th, he was 92-96 from when I turned it on in the 7th, looked really good, FB had run good breaking stuff, and the fact you dont have to give up a draft pick to get him = sign him up

  • Virgil Earp

    What the Yankees need is players that can perform in the postseason. Cano we know is one, Swisher is not and I hope they’re looking to trade him. We need more players like Cody Ross, David Freese, Hideki Matsui, those types of clutch ballplayers that come up big when it matters the most. We’ve got too many guys- ARod, Teixera, Swisher who don’t hit a lick in the playoffs and we’ll be losing one that does in Jorge.

    • Brian S.

      Is this serious? “Clutch” isn’t something that you can go out and find. You field the best offense possible and hope that they hit up to their standards.

      • FachoinaNYY

        +1000000000000000

        This. I completely and totally agree. So sick of hearing about clutch from Yankees fans.

        • I

          I barely said this word “clutch”, but it seems like you really hated the word….so I’m going to say….

          clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch clutch

        • viridiana

          If you look up the career records of players on the 70s championship Yanks you will find that they are consistently “clutch” over their careers. Guys like Munson, Piniella, Jackson and I believe Rivers and rANDOLPH all have numbers that are better eg w. RISP than their already-good overall numbers. And if you don’t believe in “clutch,” I guess you never saw Yogi.

          • jay h

            Oh, the classic “I’m older than you so I know more than you” argument

      • dennis

        And I’m tired of u excel nerds telling me “small sample size”. Swisher is a pile of crap in the playoffs and the Yankees season begins in October so Swisher is useless to this team.

        • Brian S.

          I’m pretty sure the Yankees season starts in the spring like everyone else.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Even better: Make Jeff Suppan our #1. You don’t win the NLCS MVP by accident ya know!

    • OldYanksFan

      There oughta be a law…

    • BK2ATL

      What about the other 162 games before the postseason, when those dudes can’t hold A-Rod, Tex, and Swisher’s bottled water much less compare to their numbers? I’ll pass.

      I will agree that it does seem that those 3 do disappear in big games pretty often, other than A-Rod’s 2009 postseason performance. Maybe better pitching?

    • Clint Holzner

      If you think that the Yankees need players like Cody Ross and David Freese, then I think that you are stupid. Neither of those guy would start over any current Yankee.

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  • viridiana

    I do not agree with the premise that it’s a no-brainer for Sabathia to opt out.

    Yes, he will make more money that way so i understand those who think all decisions are strictly calculations of self-interest. But even on that level, it’s more complicated. If CC opts out and extracts every last dollar from the Yanks there will be at least some fans that will never forgive him. He cutrrently has the image and reputation of a grat guy. That will be lost. And if he falters, many will jump on him. So there is a price to be paid for wringing out the last few bucks. Better, I’d argue, from his point of view that if he intends to stay with New York he should cut his best deal swiftly without resorting to opting out. I imagine the Yanks will be willing to considerably sweeten his current deal in any case.

    • viridiana

      “image and reputation of a GREAT guy,” I meant, of course.

    • Zack D

      So you’re saying Yankee fans will boo him if he fails? How is that different from any other Yankee player? They’ve booed Mariano before.

  • Monteroisdinero

    I am not a huge fan of Swisher (as some know) but he will have a big year for us in his contract year. Play him and let him go in 2013. Hopefully we win the world series, he has a great year and a crappy post season so we have no regrets. He will then go on to NEVER duplicate his 2012 season.

    • Grit for Brains

      I am a very big fan of Swisher but aside from that he has been very good as a Yankee. A .368 obp, a 123 ops+ and 27 homers a year over three years for a utility infielder and two arms who likely never would had a role on the big league team…Sign me up!

      Even with the 10.25 mil option, I think that works out to an avg salary under 8 mil as a Yankee.

  • Fernando

    Only if that “JOSEPH” is JOSEPH DIMAGGIO.

  • Bronx Byte

    Just lay off Beltran. Scott Boras will want big money and 3 years.
    Let Boston keep making dumb mistakes.
    Beltran is J.D. Drew ….. Part Two.

    • Brian S.

      You do realize that JD Drew was one of the best outfielders in baseball from 2008-2010?

  • Kenny

    LEt CC Fatbastia go. Let his knees collapse at another team’s expense.

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