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Yankees pick up options on Cano and Swisher

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees just announced that they have picked up the 2012 options on both Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher.

The only other looming options are both player options, one for  CC Sabathia and another for Rafael Soriano. Although nothing is official, it’s expected Sabathia will opt out and Soriano will not.

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53 Responses to “Yankees pick up options on Cano and Swisher”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    If Hughes pitches like Hughes is capable of pitching and AJ pleasantly surprises us the majority of the time, you’re not going to have to worry about Swisher’s lapses.

    *********

    I am definitely having a baseball (whatever the word is when you’re having a reaction to being deprived of something). Funny how simple words can escape one.

    Can I blame it on the snow?

    :)

  2. Jerzz October 29th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    PeteAbe
    It seems that I missed fall in New England. I think I was in Texas at the time. Oh, well

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Withdrawal!

    I’m having baseball withdrawal!

  4. GreenBeret7 October 29th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:20 pm
    If Hughes pitches like Hughes is capable of pitching and AJ pleasantly surprises us the majority of the time, you’re not going to have to worry about Swisher’s lapses.

    *********

    I am definitely having a baseball (whatever the word is when you’re having a reaction to being deprived of something). Funny how simple words can escape one.

    Can I blame it on the snow?

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    Trisha,

    Like most others, you’re having strong withdrawal symptoms from baseball addiction.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    My know-it-all comment for tonight: (always with the understanding that these can come back to bite me, but I’m willing to take the chance because I feel certain I’m right)

    NOVA WILL MOST ASSUREDLY BE IN THE YANKEE ROTATION NEXT SEASON.

    Yankees are not suicidal. Why would someone even begin to think that Nova would be traded. For what? A starting pitcher?

    Geesh!

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    GB, I am! I never would have thunk it but I feel like a ship without a rudder tonight! The WS should be 14 games, not 7.

    :D

  7. GreenBeret7 October 29th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    The exhibition games with Cano and Granderson start next week on YES. That night get you through the week.

  8. Joe from Long Island October 29th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    some baseball – even exhibition – is better than none.

    good night, yankee people.

    pleasant dreams…….

  9. GreenBeret7 October 29th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I’m more like a rudder without a ship. I know where I’m going but, not sure how I’ll get there.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Don’t go, Joe! Don’t go!!!

    :)

    Night Joe.

    By the way, one of the baseball channels (not sure if it was MLB or ESPN) was showing the Yankees-Rangers ALCS, and I think it was one of the games the Rangers won. I wasn’t about to watch it!

    :evil:”

  11. GreenBeret7 October 29th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    JoAnnaLGarcia JoAnna Garcia
    RT @BloggingBombers: Swish:This is my favorite thing to do in the world & my favorite place to do it. To have … http://m.tmi.me/hGIEz

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    “I’m more like a rudder without a ship. I know where I’m going but, not sure how I’ll get there.”

    Hee hee hee. Actually that’s not a bad way to go. Life’s an adventure!

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    :roll:

    What does Joanna Garcia have to do with having a year in pinstripes. I think she takes herself and this whole thing a little too seriously. She’s the appendage, not the main body!

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    She probably didn’t even know what a baseball was until she started dating Swisher. Pink hat…

  15. LockDown October 29th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I’m having withdrawls too and dying for some basketball.

    OT: Totally forgot about Zombie apocalypse.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Meet me in St. Louis, Louis.

    Meet me at the fair.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Lock, I just laughed out loud!!! Zombie apocalypse. What a funny name!

    There is NOTHING good to watch on television. Grrr!

  18. LockDown October 29th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I thought our pitching was a strong point during the post season.

    trisha – it’s that time of year, I need to watch HORROR!!!! :D

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    The people who are lucky are those who love football or hockey (and basketball if and when it appears). They can transition into another sport. Last year I followed football for the first time in my life only because I agreed to play fantasy football – and actually won my league, what a hoot! But it was too time-consuming and so I decided not to do it again this year. So now I don’t care about football.

    I feel like a person without a country. How many days ’til pitchers and catchers report?

    Okay, I think I will predict the Yankee rotation for next season, at least the rotation the Yanks will take north.

    IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

    AJ

    CC

    Nova

    Hughes

    Garcia

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    “I thought our pitching was a strong point during the post season. ”

    I’m talking about a kick-ass rotation, top to bottom, without any major glitches. That means that Hughes doesn’t go belly up and AJ doesn’t cost us games. With that kind of strength, you go into the postseason even stronger and you probably aren’t even looking at any Ayala situation. You have certain go-to guys, and those are the ones that are there and used in the postseason. Kind of like when the Yankees went to Mendoza then to either Nelson or Stanton, and then to Mo. Period. No need to play around with fringe pitchers.

  21. LockDown October 29th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I’ll do my own prediction (alphabetical order)

    AJ
    CC
    HUGHES
    NOVA
    YU :D

    And a possible trade for Kemp

    OT: rerun of trueblood until I find something better

  22. GreenBeret7 October 29th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    What does Joanna Garcia have to do with having a year in pinstripes. I think she takes herself and this whole thing a little too seriously. She’s the appendage, not the main body!

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    She was just retweeting Swisher’s tweet

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I’m kind of tired of Saturday Night Live but maybe I’ll see if they are back to live. I get tired of their stupid repeats.

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    GB – ohhhhhhh. I’m not a Twitterer so I don’t know anything about it. I take back everything I said.

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I am going to guess there will be no trade for Kemp. That means that I believe that they are going to stick with Gardner.

  26. LockDown October 29th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    trisha

    I’m talking about a kick-ass rotation, top to bottom, without any major glitches. That means that Hughes doesn’t go belly up and AJ doesn’t cost us games. With that kind of strength, you go into the postseason even stronger and you probably aren’t even looking at any Ayala situation. You have certain go-to guys, and those are the ones that are there and used in the postseason. Kind of like when the Yankees went to Mendoza then to either Nelson or Stanton, and then to Mo. Period. No need to play around with fringe pitchers.
    —-

    I think AJ will continue where he left off & have a good year. I feel good that Hughes will stay relatively healthy & pitch well. As far as this past post, they were fine.

    But I can’t remember why we even used Ayala in game 2. Why didn’t they go with some else?

  27. LockDown October 29th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    If they trade for Kemp, it won’t be Gardner that will be traded or benched ;)

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Lock, everything becomes kind of a blur but I am guessing that Joe couldn’t be sure what he was going to get out of Freddy in terms of innings and was thinking ahead and didn’t want to use any of his heavy hitters in the event he needed them for Game 3.

    There is always some logic to what Girardi does. People don’t always agree with his logic, but he doesn’t do thing wily-nily.

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    “If they trade for Kemp, it won’t be Gardner that will be traded or benched ;)

    Who do you think it will be?

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Do you really think they would have picked up Swisher’s option just to sit him? I don’t. And I wouldn’t think his trade value is very high. Unless you’re thinking they picked up his option to throw him in as an extra in a trade package?

  31. LockDown October 29th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    It would be swisher….

    I would have preferred wade over ayala. I think it was in the Garcia game. idk… It is a blur.

  32. LockDown October 29th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Swisher is the best option right now for RF. He could also be traded. Or when he becomes a FA I *think* we get a draft pick.

  33. GreenBeret7 October 29th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    “Man Without A Country”… haven’t read that in years.

    Edward Everett Hale. Came from quite a family. His great uncle was Nathan Hale cousin of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher, related to Hellen Keller. His other uncle was Edward Horton, who was the guest speaker at Gettyburgh. Some guy named Lincoln gave a short speech there to that day. His grand nephew was Edward Everette Horton, a movie actor and narrator for “Fractured Fairytales” on Rocky And Bullwinkle Show.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    If the Yanks stay with Swisher and don’t do any trading for an OF, you can be sure they are blaming the rain and Gerry Davis for the Yankee demise in the 2011 postseason!

    :) !

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Wow, GB. You talk about one degree of separation! That’s quite a lineage!!

  36. LockDown October 29th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Something tells me trish won’t be sending Gerry Davis a christmas card

    OT: Holloween on SyFy

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    When we were growing up and would leave all the lights on in the house my father would always say “Narragansett Electric must be dancing in the streets!”

    As I look out at the winter wonderland and jack up my heat to meet its demands, all I can think of is that National Grid must be dancing in the streets…

    :(

    Well I guess I will try to distract myself with some mindless television. With the program lineup these days, that shouldn’t be too hard to do.

    Night gang. Hasta manana!

    :)

  38. austinmac October 29th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Trisha will be sending a card to Bud for starting game one.

  39. Red Robin October 29th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Hi

  40. Red Robin October 29th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    :)

  41. CompassRosy October 30th, 2011 at 1:35 am

    GB ~

    Thanks for the info on the Winter Leagues you posted earlier.
    Upon closer inspection of the rosters, it seems the M’s have a huge majority of their players in the Venezuelan League.

    Hey, it’s baseball – it’ll help relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms ;)

  42. yanks61 October 30th, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Good Morning everyone back on the snowy East Coast!

    The NYDN has a good article on this fall’s free agents:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....e-1.969065

    Larry Bowa predicts that the Yanks will sign CC ( as expected) and Jason Kubel. Claims Kubel will be a great power threat at YS. With NYY picking up Swisher’s option, could they sign Kubel and package Swisher in a trade for a pitcher?

    Do you believe that Kubel is a good alternative to Swish in RF?

  43. Jerkface October 30th, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Do you believe that Kubel is a good alternative to Swish in RF?

    No, he can’t hit lefties and is a terrible defender. Maybe sign him for bench, but that’d be about it.

  44. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Larry Bowa predicts that the Yanks will sign CC ( as expected) and Jason Kubel. Claims Kubel will be a great power threat at YS. With NYY picking up Swisher’s option, could they sign Kubel and package Swisher in a trade for a pitcher?

    Do you believe that Kubel is a good alternative to Swish in RF?

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    No, but the Yanks I think dump Swisher in a heartbeat if they can get the right offer. I guess the good news on picking up the option is that he’s now out of here in a year hopefully. In the meantime another year of swinging from the heels, strikouts and looking to the sky’s.

  45. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Sizemore might be an interesting risk on a 1 year 5 Mill deal.

    He has not been healthy but he is only 29.

    High risk/High reward.

  46. Gary October 30th, 2011 at 6:34 am

    “Everyone’s always going to have their opinion,” Swisher said. “I just have to go out there and do my best. That’s all I can do. I’m not a negative guy. I don’t dwell on negative things. I know that I want to keep getting better year in and year out. People are going to say what they say.”

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    The quote from the Swish man. I guess they have their opinion based on the facts and they do say what they say.

  47. blake October 30th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Swisher is better than Kubel…….if they make a change from Swisher then it’ll have to be somebody as good or better than him.

    If the price is right id love to take a flyer on Sizemore….however I don’t think you could just trade Swisher and name Sizemore your Rfer…….way too much risk there. Probably would have to be signing him as a 4th outfielder type and I doubt he’d accept that role at 29.

  48. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Blake-

    Good morning.

    If Sizemore is healthy he is good enough to play any OF position.

    He wouldn’t be your typical 4th OF’er.

    He needs to prove that he is healthy. He is not exactly in a strong position.

    He might be viewed as a Chavez type player only younger.

    He does not replace Swisher but a competition would not be a bad thing IMO.

    There would be playing time based on his performance and ability to stay healthy.

  49. Villa Nova-Ya October 30th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Before reading today’s posts, I just wanted say thank you to GB7 and others for answering my questions from early last evening. I had a productive night, falling asleep to various college football games. ;)

    Good morning all. Glad to see Swisher’s and Cano’s options picked up. To me there was no question that would be done. I guess this is the time to dot i’s and cross t’s before the heavy work begins.

  50. Villa Nova-Ya October 30th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Trisha -

    I had to answer your “sheesh” about Nova. It was just a question. I don’t think the Yankees would trade Nova, either.

    I know you are sure about many things. My way is to allow for possibilities. I guess the better question, or more accurate reflection of what I was thinking, is would teams first be asking for Nova, as he is the known quantity, with Noesi being their second choice?

    I also believe that CC signs with the Yankees. But in my way of looking at things, you have to entertain even the smallest possibility that it does not happen and the “what do they do if” scenarios. I’m sure the Yankees have done that – otherwise they’re caught off-guard in the event things don’t go their way. But to reiterate, I’d be very surprised if the Yankees didn’t do all they could to make sure CC does not even get to the opt-out, and I believe CC stays in pinstripes.

  51. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    VN-

    Even if CC opts out the Yankees have an extra 5 days of exclusive negotiating rights (I think).

    It may be they cannot finalize a deal in time but agree in principal on the terms before the opt out.

    An extra few days might be needed to hammer out the final details.

    CC doing so would just be a formality in that case.

    I’d love to see them get it done even before the opt out but I doubt they will.

  52. MTU October 30th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    New thread —->

  53. Villa Nova-Ya October 30th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    MTU -

    Thanks. I wasn’t sure if they still had exclusive negotiating time with him. If that’s the case, and they simply need more time, I guess the opt-out is a formality – he must do that or stay with the same contract?

    I really do expect them to be very close in their first proposal and then just have to work with CC (and agent) to tighten the nuts and bolts.

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