Nick Swisher: Trying to play without regrets
Nick Swisher’s contract situation is uncertain for next year, and there’s a very real possibility that he will be wearing a different uniform when the 2013 season begins. He has been quiet for the most part about that topic since Spring Training, saying that he’ll cross that bridge when he gets to it, but volunteered this thought in response to a postgame question on Saturday:
“I feel like I’m going out there, and I’ve just kind of been thinking a lot. That word ‘regret’ pops in my head. That’s the last thing that I want to have, regardless of whatever my situation is next year. I want to enjoy this time that I have now and just soak it up and see what happens.”
Swisher is getting his first crack at free agency this winter and, after going 3-for-4 in the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday, is batting .272 with 18 home runs and 69 RBIs in 106 games.
The Yankees have been vocal about wanting to reduce payroll below $189 million for the 2014 season and have possible contract extensions on the horizon for Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, which would make it difficult to also present Swisher with a multi-year deal.
“I’ve never gone through something like this. I don’t even really know what to think about, you know? I’m just trying to enjoy it, man, because this place has been so amazing to me. I figure if I didn’t go out there and give it everything I had, I’d feel about about that. Just trying to go out there, man, have some fun, put up quality at-bats every time and just go from there.”