Nady could move over Swisher
We knew when the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira that it would displace Nick Swisher, who had the honor of being their first baseman for about six weeks without even getting to put on a uniform (though he at least did speak on a conference call with reporters and conveyed how excited he is to be in New York).
It appears that Brian Cashman is inclined to stand with Swisher on the ’09 Yankees at the expense of Xavier Nady, who was supposed to be Bobby Abreu’s replacement in right field.
Though sources indicate that the Yankees have received calls on both Swisher and Nady, the club would prefer to deal Nady, who is due for salary arbitration and is under control only through 2009. Swisher – acquired from the White Sox in November in a five-player deal – has approximately $21 million remaining over the next three seasons, plus a club option for 2012.
The Yankees don’t see Swisher as a center field candidate – that is expected to be settled between Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera in the spring – but like his ability to play first base and the outfield corner positions. Nady has played some first base in the past but he is not nearly as proficient as Swisher there.