Nick Swisher was on the YES Network last night, and he took some exception to the idea that the Yankees haven’t enough enough to improve themselves this winter.
“I think it’s time to put us back on the map,” he said. “I think with the guys we have going into this season, we feel confident. A lot of people are saying, why haven’t the Yankees made any moves? Well, we didn’t win the most games in the American League last year with just nobody. We feel we have an amazing team, and we’re going to go out there and hope we prove that this year.”
As it is, the Yankees most significant loss from last season is Jorge Posada, who has been replaced — upgraded? — by the arrival of Jesus Montero. Otherwise, the Yankees are missing some pieces from the bench and they lost some rotation depth when Bartolo Colon became a free agent, but otherwise they’re bringing back almost the exact same team that finished last season.
“In New York, people expect to win, and we want to win for them,” Swisher said. “Regardless of whatever lineup we put on the field, we will be competitive.”
Check out the rest of the interview to hear Swisher talk about the holidays, his offseason trip to visit troops overseas and his personal goals for this winter and next season.
“I just turned 31,” he said. “I don’t feel it, but this is my eighth season in the big leagues. It’s about time to really turn that on.”
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