Update: Swisher & Soriano will decline qualifying offer

Open Thread: GM Meetings Day Two
Bidding closes for Hyun-Jin Ryu

8:31pm: Mark Feinsand says Nick Swisher will decline the qualifying offer as well, which again is not surprising. Feinsand says five teams have already showed serious interest in signing him, including the Rangers and Mariners.

7:38pm: As expected, Rafael Soriano will decline the team’s qualifying offer before tomorrow’s deadline according to Jon Heyman. If and when he signs elsewhere, the Yankees will receive a supplemental first round draft pick as compensation. Nick Swisher is also expected to decline while there’s an outside chance Hiroki Kuroda accepts. I hope he does.

Open Thread: GM Meetings Day Two
Bidding closes for Hyun-Jin Ryu
  • JobaWockeeZ

    What a gift.

    • anon

      The news about MFIKY, Swish, or both?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Getting out of Soriano’s contract. Swisher declining helps but is expected and isn’t a gift. Plus him signing it would have been a lot better.

        • forensic

          Eh, it’s only one year left. It’s not hard to fathom how Soriano could be more valuable than whatever is replacing that $13 million, especially with Mo still being old and coming off a very serious injury.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    So long Nick “Swishahitless”.

    • Bubba

      Funny, not necessarily true but funny

  • MB923

    Later Swisher, thank you for 2009-2012 in the regular season

    Later Soriano, thank you for filling in for Mo this year and helping us take the AL East.

  • MB923

    This new draft rule and system are still kind of confusing to me. Assuming they both go elsewhere, is that back to back picks for the Yankees in that sandwich round?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yep. The Yankees will have the final picks of that round, it’s just a question of it’ll be one pick, back-to-back picks, or back-to-back-to-back picks.

      • MB923

        But if Adam LaRoche rejects his qualifying offer and signs elsewhere, wouldn’t the Yankees get picks before the Nationals, since the Nationals finished with a better record than the Yankees?

        I just read the sandwich round order is by reverse standings.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Ah right, I forgot about LaRoche. The Yankees would get one pick before LaRoche then potentially two after.

          • MB923

            Oh, thought it would be potentially 2 or 3 straight picks for the Yankees, followed by the Nationals.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              The picks would be consecutive, not that it would make a big difference.

  • Slappy McWaterbug

    Why the fuck would Kuroda want to go to the Red Sox?

    • RetroRob

      He wouldn’t, unless they made a substantially better offer.

      • anon

        Even if the RS made a higher monetary offer, I don’t think Kuroda would choose money over a chance to win a ring at this point in his career. The Yankees are much closer to a chance at winning than the Red Sox are.

        • dalelama

          Unfortunately our broken down old age chokers have no more a chance of winning the WS than the BoSux. Well maybe a little…

          • dalelama’s diaper

            I’m dalelama’s diaper and I approved this message.

    • pat

      Bargaining position.

  • Hoss

    Swisher should sign with the Mets. He can remain in NY and never have to worry about not performing in the postseason.

    • JAG


  • Joe R

    Thanks for the service Nick. Good luck wherever you go.

  • Wayne

    Are we going to sign Cody Ross and lose our first pick. I really hope we don’t. Give melky Mesa a chance and You know who from aa.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Cody Ross didn’t get a qualifying offer. They wouldn’t lose a pick if they did sign him.

    • forensic

      There isn’t a single mention of Ross and the Yankees even on MLBTR, who reports ANYTHING regarding this stuff, so no idea where that came from.

      If Mesa had performed better than he did at AAA (hell, even at AA which was somewhat unimpressive), then maybe, but really no chance now.

      Given the above points, I’m probably happy that I don’t know who ‘you know who from aa’ is. It’s pretty hard to make a serious case for just about anyone from that team (offensively, and specifically OF, which is what I assume you’re going for).

  • Another Bronx Dynasty

    Interesting thougt Mets getting rid of Bay & sign Swisher. Great fit in Queens, stays in NY, moves to NL… except that Stadium would hurt his HR production. He would be personality plus with the Mets & we can all see him in NY. Queens faithful would love him.