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Swisher officially arrives in Cleveland

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Nick Swisher was officially introduced during a Cleveland press conference today. Here’s the Associated Press…

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Swisher’s smile was broader and brighter than the Chief Wahoo logo on his new cap.

He was back in Ohio, back at home, back where it all started.

“This is the place for me to be,” he said. “All roads led to Cleveland.”

Swisher, who spent the past four seasons wearing Yankees pinstripes, was introduced Thursday by the Indians, who managed to land the free-agent outfielder by playing to his deep Buckeye roots and giving him a four-year, $56 million contract that includes a vesting option for a fifth year.

Not long after passing a physical and signing the richest free-agent deal in Indians history, Swisher was handed a new No. 33 jersey.

He might wear it to bed.

From the moment he walked into the media room at Progressive Field with a large group of family and friends, Swisher couldn’t stop smiling and laughing.

“I can’t help it, man,” he said, shaking his head. “This is unbelievable. I never in a million years thought I would be in this position. As a little kid you dream about playing in the big leagues, but I don’t know if I ever dreamed about being in a situation like this. It’s an amazing time for my family and I.”

The 32-year-old Swisher, who was born in Columbus and attended Ohio State, didn’t try to hide his enthusiasm in joining the Indians, who convinced him that he could help their lineup and maybe get them back to the days when they were contending for AL Central titles on a yearly basis.

After trading Shin-Soo Choo last month, the Indians were desperate for a proven right fielder. They pursued Shane Victorino at the winter meetings, but after he signed with Boston, the Indians turned their attention to Swisher, who batted .272 with 24 homers and 93 RBIs last season — his fourth with the New York Yankees.

A switch-hitter, Swisher provides power and versatility to new manager Terry Francona’s lineup. The Indians only hit 136 homers last season, second-fewest in the AL.

“This is a big deal,” said Francona. “I don’t think there is any reason for us to be cool about this. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have him. There were a lot of other teams that wanted this guy real bad. This is a big day for us.”

Swisher acknowledged that when free agency began, he didn’t expect the Indians to be one of the teams interested him. He had several multiyear offers from others, but the Indians were the most aggressive suitor and they used his Ohio connections to convince him to come to Cleveland.

When Swisher and his wife, actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher, visited Progressive Field last month, the club rolled out the scarlet-and-gray — Ohio State’s colors — carpet to impress them. Upon arrival, they were presented with a tiny Indians jersey, sized for a baby. The couple is expecting their first child, a girl, in May.

“That definitely helped,” Swisher said.

The Indians took Swisher on the field and had him walk to home plate. As he made his way onto the diamond, the public address system announced his name and the Indians played recorded messages from current Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer as well as Buckeyes basketball coach Thad Matta on the giant scoreboard, urging him to come “home.”

Afterward, the couple went to lunch and the Indians surprised Swisher by bringing in former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.

The recruiting push overwhelmed Swisher.

“We were walking out of here like, ‘Man, these guys did it right,’” Swisher said. “They tugged on the right strings. They went Ohio State on me. They brought my idol Jim Tressel back. They did it right. Even with all the other places I visited, there was nothing compared to this. I have never felt love like this before.”

Francona’s arrival in Cleveland also had an impact on Swisher, whose father, Steve, managed the two-time World Series winner in the minor leagues. Swisher said Francona’s hiring played a major role in him signing with the Indians.

“You don’t bring a guy like this over here if you don’t plan on winning,” Swisher said. “To have that captain of your ship, a proven guy who knows how to manage the game the right way, that made it an easier decision for me.”

An All-Star in 2010, Swisher is just one of three American Leaguers to hit at least 20 homers in each of the last eight seasons.

With New York concerned about avoiding the luxury tax in the future, the Yankees did not go after Swisher after he turned down a qualifying offer from them. For Swisher, playing for the Yankees was special.

“I had an awesome time,” he said. “To be part of an organization like that with the winning tradition, it rubs off on you and hopefully that can be something that I can bring over here and maybe be more of a leader in the clubhouse than I ever have been before.”

Swisher’s signing is among many offseason moves by general manager Chris Antonetti as he tries to rebuild a team which collapsed in August — going 5-24 — and finished 68-94. In addition to hiring Francona, the Indians signed free agent first baseman Mark Reynolds and acquired center fielder Drew Stubbs and prized pitching prospect Trevor Bauer in a three-team trade.

Swisher believes the Indians can win, and as he left the podium, he let everyone know it.

“Roll Tribe,” he yelled, pumping his fist.

Associated Press photos

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100 Responses to “Swisher officially arrives in Cleveland”

  1. luis January 3rd, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    luis January 3rd, 2013 at 7:34 pm
    Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 7:20 pm
    Nunez hitting around .270 in the Dominican League.

    Maybe they’re just leaking all this stuff about not believing in his defensive ability to motivate him… I do think they should use him at DH though. No reason to throw money there.

    //////

    Call me crazy if you will, but I think Nunez will be key for the Yankees to succeed next season. We don’t know how Jeter will be playing coming from that ankle injury. He might end up playing a lot more than expected. If that’s the case, he might surprise with some regular playing time.

  2. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    “Damon Oppenheimer thinks Heathcott could play on the Yankees in 2013 at some point. Which means they have to be looking at starting him in AA, unless Newman is the one with the most control then I’d expect him in A+.”

    I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that Hearhcott was definately starting at Trenton

  3. cs in la January 3rd, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Good for Swish. Best of luck.

  4. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    “Call me crazy if you will, but I think Nunez will be key for the Yankees to succeed next season. We don’t know how Jeter will be playing coming from that ankle injury. He might end up playing a lot more than expected. If that’s the case, he might surprise with some regular playing time.”

    In order to do that, assuming Jeter will be healthy, he will have to be given the opportunity, and afforded to patience, to play (and adjust to) multiple positions. I am always hopeful, but remain skeptical.

  5. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    The yanks need to focus on Upton…..they don’t have enough to get Giancarlo even if they wanted him

  6. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Funny on Intentional Talk they were discussing Edgar Martinez and Greg Amsinger called him the greatest DH ever and of course Millar jumps in and starts saying Ortiz will be better before he’s done….. Then Amsinger (in an unexpected move) said that Papi was a PED user and failed a test in 2003…..I couldn’t believe it

  7. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Why Justin Upton STILL could get traded. Story with @jonmorosi. http://t.co/GEDBYK1A #DBacks #Mariners #Rangers #Braves

  8. luis January 3rd, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    luis January 3rd, 2013 at 7:38 pm
    Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 7:22 pm
    Curry thinks Romine wins the starting C job. Can’t disagree. They’re probably hoping he comes in to camp in top shape and makes an impression.

    /////

    Yup…. The way Cervelii is playing in winter league and Stewart limited skills… I think the job is his to lose

  9. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Funny on Intentional Talk they were discussing Edgar Martinez and Greg Amsinger called him the greatest DH ever and of course Millar jumps in and starts saying Ortiz will be better before he’s done….. Then Amsinger (in an unexpected move) said that Papi was a PED user and failed a test in 2003…..I couldn’t believe it

    —————

    Woooow… interesting.

    Luis – If they get him enough playing time that might be true… We’ll know what they’re going to do if Youk ends up injured. If Nix ends up taking most of the time there at 3B in that case then I think Nunez is basically effed. Hopefully they’ll give him enough time at DH, SS to start the year, and 3B. Youk’s D at 3B isn’t exactly All-Star quality.

  10. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Upton can veto a trade to Seattle…..and if the Rangers won’t deal Andrus or Profar and the braves won’t deal Simmons then the Yanks can compete with them on packages.

  11. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    blake – The problem might be that the Rangers want Upton more.

    You know that’s a team disappointed with their off season so far…. makes them desperate and dangerous.

  12. luis January 3rd, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Rich,

    Can’t argue with that….. It hasn’t been their MO, but if Jeter isn’t healthy or close to 100%, he might get his chance.

  13. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    this justin upton trade thing has gotten as bad as the dwight howard trade thing did last year.

    how’d that work out?

  14. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    @LostNYY: He even asked “Hey, you’re awesome but when you gonna play for the #Yankees !” http://t.co/cDMJIqJj

    I guess that’s “P”?

  15. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    “blake – The problem might be that the Rangers want Upton more.”

    But nobody wanted Kevin Youkallis more!

  16. luis January 3rd, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:48 pm
    “blake – The problem might be that the Rangers want Upton more.”

    But nobody wanted Kevin Youkallis more!

    /////

    Ugh! Hopefully we get him without surrendering Sanchez and Williams

  17. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    “blake – The problem might be that the Rangers want Upton more.”

    But nobody wanted Kevin Youkallis more!

    —————-

    No :(

    Not even us!

    Swish looks majorly creeptastic in those photos, btw.

  18. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    so why exactly is arizona sooooo hot to move upton?

  19. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Guys lets just go back to getting Headley for a lot cheaper than Upton.

    Trade Youk!

  20. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    “Ugh! Hopefully we get him without surrendering Sanchez and Williams”

    Probably not possible without giving at least one and probably both

  21. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    ‘blake – The problem might be that the Rangers want Upton more.’

    That’s the critical question, isn’t it? What are Cashman/Levine/Hal’s true feelings on the need to add, money aside, impact bats. Only a year ago, Cashman told everyone he had excess offense to trade. That statement was disturbing then, and is almost laughable now.

  22. luis January 3rd, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Have you heard of any rumors regarding trading Granderson? If this is the case, they might go after Upton

  23. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    “so why exactly is arizona sooooo hot to move upton?”

    Why were the Reds soooo hot to move O’Neill in ’92?

  24. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    that doesnt answer my question.

  25. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    January 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm
    so why exactly is arizona sooooo hot to move upton?

    Couple of reasons Id say…. They seem to sour on players easily and Towers and co. just don’t seem to like him anymore….all the trade talk has probably made him unhappy…..also he’s starting to get expensive in actual money….. His AAV is only 8 million….but he makes 10 in 2013 and then 15 in 2014 and 2015…..that’s a lot for the Dbacks to sink in one player

  26. Jerkface January 3rd, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Blake you’re right, it was tyler austin who may repeat a+. I got that quote confused. Heathcott and flores start in a

  27. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    “that doesnt answer my question.”

    It’s not his ability, which was the analogy to O’Neill.

  28. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    “Only a year ago, Cashman told everyone he had excess offense to trade. That statement was disturbing then, and is almost laughable now.”

    Maybe they’ve wised up

  29. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    When you tear up the AFL like Slade did then its time for AA

  30. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    “Maybe they’ve wised up”

    I certainly want to believe that.

  31. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    what im asking is WHY doesnt towers like him, why doesnt the owner like him? i can read the stats, that doesnt explain anything. and i can look up dozens of guys teams have traded that either worked out or didn’t that does nothing to shed light on upton’s situation.

  32. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    “what im asking is WHY doesnt towers like him

    Why didnt they like Bauer? Honestly my guess is that Upton got upset that first time his name was floated out there and the whole thing has grown since then…..and primarily they figure he’s gonna get expensive soon and they want a big return for him

  33. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    so it’s his attitude?

  34. Jerkface January 3rd, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    It doesn’t have to be a matter of towers liking him or not. The backs owner is very fickle, and grows tired of players easily. Towers may like or dislike upton, or maybe he is just trying to maximize return on a bad situation that is out of his control

  35. luis January 3rd, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Y’s,

    Maybe they have concerns about his shoulder, which would be a mayor red flag. Or they were expecting more production from him by now and think he won’t reach his ceiling. Or the player is unhappy about the trade talks and feels not wanted, which in turn affects his production.

  36. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    “what im asking is WHY doesnt towers like him, why doesnt the owner like him?”

    Why is that more than a passing interest? Players of his age/ability don’t become available very often. When another team has a need, and the Yankees do, they need to pounce. If there are any concerns about him that are real, the market will reflect it, and that will affect the asking price.

  37. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    i mean, these rumors started over a year ago, and he had a great year the year before last, so why would they have right away started trying to trade a young guy who just had a really good season before he got expensive.

    and another thing to consider is that towers wasnt even there yet when these rumors started, but he seems to agree that they should trade him. why?

  38. Bo knows January 3rd, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I for one fondly remember Gardner and Nunez running riot on bases a couple of years ago. Add Ichiro to the mix and it might be fun again.

    Watching players swing really hard in case it’s a FB and succeeding once every five games or less, bores me to tears. On top of that I talk to inanimate objects and the bar bill goes astronomical. The whole thing spirals inward and down. It became, that I dreaded man on third and one out, two strikes on the hitter.

  39. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Jerkface January 3rd, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    It doesn’t have to be a matter of towers liking him or not. The backs owner is very fickle, and grows tired of players easily. Towers may like or dislike upton, or maybe he is just trying to maximize return on a bad situation that is out of his control

    —————–

    Yeah.

    They’ve floated his name so many times at this point.. this has been going on for, what?, two years now? I’d have trouble being motivated to play for them as well.

    It probably just escalated and they’ve shopped him so openly at this point they’re probably better off moving him.

  40. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    im not saying they shouldnt go after him i think they should although i dont know if id’ go for what his cost is probably going to be.

    but if i was cashman, i’d want to know exactly what it is they don’t like about him before i decided to send my 2 best prospects for him.

    if it all revolves around him not liking his name coming up in trade talks, i might wonder how he would react to being booed or being slammed on the back pages of the tabs.

  41. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    “but if i was cashman, i’d want to know exactly what it is they don’t like about him before i decided to send my 2 best prospects for him.”

    He has burned prospects for far bigger gambles.

  42. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Towers doesn’t have to agree that they should trade him.. Towers’ job is to do what the owners want since they sign the checks. I do stuff for my boss all the time I disagree with. I tell him I disagree and then I carry out his marching orders.

  43. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    “Bo knows January 3rd, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I for one fondly remember Gardner and Nunez running riot on bases a couple of years ago. Add Ichiro to the mix and it might be fun again.”
    ====================================================
    agreed. idk it this team has what it needs to win the WS, but it has the potential to be much more exciting than recent snoozefest teams.

  44. Shame Spencer January 3rd, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Bo knows January 3rd, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I for one fondly remember Gardner and Nunez running riot on bases a couple of years ago. Add Ichiro to the mix and it might be fun again.

    —————-

    I do like the speed factor.. we missed it so much with Gardner last year. You gotta keep the pitcher on his toes.

  45. luis January 3rd, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Bo knows January 3rd, 2013 at 8:06 pm
    I for one fondly remember Gardner and Nunez running riot on bases a couple of years ago. Add Ichiro to the mix and it might be fun again.

    Watching players swing really hard in case it’s a FB and succeeding once every five games or less, bores me to tears. On top of that I talk to inanimate objects and the bar bill goes astronomical. The whole thing spirals inward and down. It became, that I dreaded man on third and one out, two strikes on the hitter.

    //////

    Hopefully…. I am not so certain about Ichiro, he is not his young version that we are getting… But who knows?….

  46. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    “He has burned prospects for far bigger gambles.”
    ————————————————————-
    so you’re saying he shouldnt care why they want to move him? or you’re saying that he should just repeat past mistakes?

  47. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Y’s-

    This is what started it with JU and Kendrick :

    “On Upton, a 24-year-old rightfielder who is hitting .243 with five home runs and 20 RBIs after finishing fourth in NL MVP voting in 2011, Kendrick said: “I think Justin is an enigma at this point. I know he had an injury (thumb) early on and may be a little bit of a nagging injury. But he’s played. He’s certainly not the Justin Upton that he has been in the past and that we would expect of him. He’s 24 years old and it’s time for him to be a consistent performer and right now this year he’s not been that.”

    It was followed by this about a month later:

    http://content.usatoday.com/co.....rom-fans/1

    The owner called JU out in public. Tried to use that as some sort motivational technique.

    Should never have done that IMO.

    Whatever needed to be said should have remained behind closed doors.

    IMO Kendrick is a loose canon.

    Form you own opinion.

  48. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    i was totally skeptical of ichiro when he came here and i still am to some extent. but the guy stole 14 bags for the yankees last year in 2 months. i dont think he’s going to all of a sudden not be able to steal this year from last year. and it it likely he will add to his totals by following gardner on double steals pretty often.

  49. NYY_Girl_Penny January 3rd, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Luis

    ” It became, that I dreaded man on third and one out, two strikes on the hitter.”

    For me it was man on base that I dreaded. We were absolutely terrible, worse team in the league with RISP.

    I can’t take another HR or die season, but guess what, we don’t even have a HR or die option this year.. seems we have a “keep off the DL or die” season coming up.

  50. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    “The owner called JU out in public. Tried to use that as some sort motivational technique.

    Should never have done that IMO.”
    ============================================
    i seem to remember some owner in nyc who thought this was a good idea.

    and he’s basically worshipped by alot of people here…

  51. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Justin. Come on over to the Yankees where you will be appreciated.

    Chance for you to start fresh and show Kendrick exactly how wrong he was.

    ;)

  52. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    JF, Blake, MTU-

    Justin Upton and his injuries:

    “Upton has been no stranger to injuries in his career. He has missed a total of 94 games since 2007 and has been placed on the 15-day DL on two occasions (2008 and 2009 for oblique injuries). The biggest thing that stands out:

    Upton has missed a reported 24 games due to a left shoulder injury.

    The first stint happened in 2009 but more noticeably he missed 12 games in October 2010 for the same reason. It’s completely speculation, but I’d have to start wondering if maybe Upton re-aggravated that shoulder at some point this season. Combine the thumb injury with a nagging shoulder injury and you have a pretty good recipe for sapping power from a hitter.”

    Now this article was written in July 2012, when his homer rate was down significantly.

    http://www.azsnakepit.com/2012.....stin-upton

  53. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Y’s -

    Not by me.

    Throwing guys under the bus in public is very poor form.

    It’s classless.

    Want to tell a player exactly how you see it ? Fine.

    Just do it behind closed doors. That’s the right way IMO.

  54. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    thanks for that link on upton. he doesnt seem to have a bad attitude (in that article) and the writer speaks very well of his effort.

  55. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I wonder what “specific demands have changed,” per Olney. Does Towers want pitching in exchange?

  56. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    Justin. Come on over to the Yankees where you will be appreciated.

    Chance for you to start fresh and show Kendrick exactly how wrong he was.

    —–

    Everyone deserves a second chance in my book however, both Upton’s are known for very difficult personalities. I’ve even heard them compared to “Sheffield” type clubhouse presence. Not every player that puts up decent numbers is a fit and the Yankees would rather not deal with potential attitude problems like Randy Johnson and Gary Sheffield.

    Fact is, New York is not the place to play for everybody. Anyway, I have heard next to zero mention of Upton so it likely doesn’t matter.

  57. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    YT-

    I think JU was playing hurt.

    That article tends to support it.

    If you don’t want him can I please have him ?

    :)

  58. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    “so you’re saying he shouldnt care why they want to move him? or you’re saying that he should just repeat past mistakes?”

    I’m saying that Upton would be a far lower-risk gamble than many of his prior ones. I thought that was clear. My bad.

  59. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    mtu, thats the main reason i hated george when he was at his worst.

    i used to say,’ i was a fan before he owned this club and by god im going to live long enough to piss on his grave.’

    obviously we both mellowed over time…

    rip george. if i ever visit your grave, ill leave a pebble on your tombstone.

    i just dislike people making him out to be some kind of baseball genius.

  60. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    “Not every player that puts up decent numbers is a fit and the Yankees would rather not deal with potential attitude problems like Randy Johnson and Gary Sheffield”

    If the Yankees didn’t want an their prime Johnson or Sheffield, they wouldn’t be the Yankees. People once said stuff about David Wells, he was mostly fine here. People said stuff about A-Rod; it was Cashman’s best trade. Clemens was said to be a bad teammate, but many of the players loved him.

    Winning makes people happy.

  61. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I think it’s asinine when people judge celebrities by what the media presents them to be like. It’s extremely close-minded. Say what you want about GMS, he loved his Yankees dearly and his passion was overflowing. Unlike his kin who prefer penny pinching over the love of the game.

  62. Bo knows January 3rd, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I’m with Luis on Nunez being the key player this year. Last year his mechanics were much better in the field. I think he just needs some reps and not live or die with each ball hit in his direction. Other than that, he is a great player and a pleasure to watch.

    All respect to Jeter but wish casting him into a continuation of ’12 is really reaching, doesn’t pass the reality check.

  63. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Y’s-

    you’re welcome.

    As you can see I am not a Kendricks supporter.

    He sent Trevor Bauer (who is quirky but very talented) too.

    Maybe the guy needs to lighten up a bit.

    ;)

    Lost-

    That’s too bad. I’m sorry to hear that. I think JU might be a little different than BJ. Perhaps you know more ? The talent is certainly there. I don’t look for choirboys. Perhaps the Yankees do.

    He sounds like a hard worker. That’s important too.

    :(

  64. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    MTU-

    I would want Upton, but the Yankees need to free up salary. I’ve heard of absolutely no rumors that any team is interested in Curtis Granderson, a player that would need to be moved to accomodate Upton in the outfield. Perhaps Phil Hughes, if he indeed after a good year will get near Anibal Sanchez money in FA, might be a target for Towers, knowing they might be able to sign him to an extension?

  65. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 8:25 pm
    “Not every player that puts up decent numbers is a fit and the Yankees would rather not deal with potential attitude problems like Randy Johnson and Gary Sheffield”

    If the Yankees didn’t want an their prime Johnson or Sheffield, they wouldn’t be the Yankees. People once said stuff about David Wells, he was mostly fine here. People said stuff about A-Rod; it was Cashman’s best trade. Clemens was said to be a bad teammate, but many of the players loved him.

    Winning makes people happy.

    Yes it does. Proven talent and always the exception. I’d hardly put JU in that category. It’s a silly conversation though and quite pointless.

  66. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    MTU,

    It’s all about what makes sense budget-wise with these guys. If they could make JU work, I am sure they would. I don’t just mean monetary either.

  67. Bo knows January 3rd, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    i used to say,’ i was a fan before he owned this club and by god im going to live long enough to piss on his grave.’

    ———————-
    And here I thought I was the only one. I used to defend the Yankees as being handicapped by the owner, ie Johnson at 1B and signing Giambi.

  68. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    JU is still very young. And extremely talented.

    Kendrick makes it sound like he was a Veteran.

    Perhaps he hasn’t heard of thing called development, and patience.

    Jeez. We’ll take him.

    ;)

  69. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    It’s very difficult to know what is going on in the FO these days too. You have people that tell you one thing and then another the opposite. Plus, it’s in disarray as far as hierarchy/chain of command goes. People are stepping over each other constantly and there is a real lack of a true leader and visionary, that leads you to well what else do we have to focus on then ? I guess we’ll just look at cutting costs since that’s all this group seems to excel at.

    It’s not what you’d expect, trust me. The air is very thick at the conference table.

  70. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    OK Lost.

    To be honest I didn’t really expect the Yankees to get him.

    Just was hoping they might.

    Somebody is gonna get lucky. Just wish it were us is all.

    ;)

  71. Bo knows January 3rd, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Well at least Swisher wears cuff links. A step up from the no iron Target special.

  72. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Just what do the DBacks need? Even without Upton they are pretty well set in the OF. 1B, 2nd, 3B and catcher are covered. They might want another SS. They added Heath Bell to work with JJ Putz and they added another starter Brandon McCarthy.

  73. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    And yeah I understand that Hal has a hardon for his spreadsheets.

    Good for him.

    If he’s all about ledgers and #’s, and not about winning I hope he sells.

    The sooner the better.

    ;)

  74. tomingeorgia January 3rd, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    How can I say this and not piss everybody off? The blood lust for Upton has gotten out of control. He’s OK, but has been hurt many times, and is not worth what they’d ask for him. He isn’t the Savior. Better than Swisher? Maybe. Better than our rising prospects? Maybe. Worth the whole farm? No way.

  75. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    “Yes it does. Proven talent and always the exception. I’d hardly put JU in that category. It’s a silly conversation though and quite pointless.”

    As pointless as making a claim about his character/personality without supporting facts?

  76. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    YT-

    Did you hear what Lost said above ?

    Sounds like you can definitely forget JU.

    They don’t have the vision, or the correct leadership. Nor the money.

    The guy only costs an AAV of 8Mil.

    Get him and move Granderson’s salary. Incredible that they would just pass on a guy like JU.

    Sad really. I always expected a max. effort. Not even gonna get that.

    :(

  77. Rich in NJ January 3rd, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    “He isn’t the Savior”

    The idea is to get better. Nothing more.

  78. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Nobody said they’d trade the whole farm for Upton….trade a chunk of it yes

  79. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:48 pm
    YT-

    Did you hear what Lost said above ?

    Sounds like you can definitely forget JU.

    ——

    MTU, I did not mean what I said as having any inclination about the Yankees and JU. I have heard next to nothing from the Yankees about him but really that doesn’t mean a whole heckuva a lot. I have no clue.

  80. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    JU does look like a good ‘bust-out” candidate.

  81. Against All Odds January 3rd, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Better than our rising prospects? Maybe
    —————

    I’d say its better than maybe. What are the odds one of those guys on the farm is as good as Upton

  82. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks for the clarification Lost.

    My apologies for the misinterpretation.

    Maybe there is still some chance then.

    :)

  83. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Here is the deal on Upton….towers has been shopping him for that Hershal Walker package for like 2 years now and he hasn’t gotten it…..and this thing has grown to a point now where critical mass may have been reached and they have to just take what they can get and move him…..

    That doesn’t mean he will be cheap…..but perhaps he will be cheaper than he would have been in the past.

    It all depends on who else gets involved and what they offer….. If the Rangers won’t give Andrus or Profar then the Yanks can play with them…..

    Still think it’s pretty unlikely they deal for him…. But you never know….Cashman has a history of pulling stuff out of nowhere when it’s least expected

  84. tomingeorgia January 3rd, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Well, looks like I got the true believers riled up. He could carry the Yanks just like he’s carried the Snakes, right?

  85. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    “I’d say its better than maybe. What are the odds one of those guys on the farm is as good as Upton”

    10% maybe

  86. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    MTU:

    All I know is that it’s been extremely quiet and not a lot going on. There are for sure a few proposals being talked about but none that I am “in the know” about right now. Usually that means there is nothing concrete, but It’s hard to know with these guys as it seems I get conflicting stories from different people at the same meeting. It’s very confusing. One thing I do know is that they are trying very hard to get an impact-bat and have been talking about it since the beginning of the off-season. I also know that Hal shot down a job for a “major piece” due to money concerns.. who/when I do not know. I haven’t heard much since xmas break, so maybe I’ll know more this weekend, if I do I will tell what I can. I know that’s weak, but it’s all I got.

  87. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Have to give the computer back to the munchkins, see ya around.

  88. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks Lost.

    It’s sure more than I know.

    :)

  89. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    halfway through the 3Q, SA doesnt have 50 pts yet!

  90. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Blake:

    @LostNYY: He even asked “Hey, you’re awesome but when you gonna play for the #Yankees !” http://t.co/cDMJIqJj

    I guess that’s “P”?

    Blake:

    No that is not “P”, that is “M” his younger brother :) He’ll be playing for the Yankees one day, bet on it.

  91. jmills January 3rd, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Jays signed Darren Oliver to a 1 year deal ( 4.5 mill ) last season with a club option for this year at 3 mill – apparently now, Oliver wants more or threatens retirement. Go ahead, retire; as much as I think the Jays need more situational relief, I’m not impressed. As much as I don’t blame professional ( the word itself seems strange when used in connection with jocks ) athletes for taking contracts served in their troughs, the cash is crazy indeed.

    I hope the NHL implodes, and a new league has to be conspired with these ” players ” making 50 to 60 grand, and when they’re done with playing their little game, they can go back to school and plan for a real job.

  92. Lost January 3rd, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Night.

  93. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    J R :0

  94. blake January 3rd, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    “I also know that Hal shot down a job for a “major piece” due to money concerns.. who/when I do not know. I”

    Probably Hamilton

    Lost, well I hope “M” makes it ;)

  95. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    blake-

    Sounds like Hal likes shooting down lot’s of things.

    ;)

  96. Yankee Trader January 3rd, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Good night all. Maybe Kevin Towers called his friend Brian and told him you don’t really want Upton.

  97. MTU January 3rd, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Good Night YT.

    Pleasant dreams.

  98. Ys Guy January 3rd, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    knicks have more assists than melo has points!

    gotta like that!

  99. Duh Innings II January 4th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Swisher is a nice player but a downgrade from Choo. The Indians are winning nothing with him.

  100. reeriley January 4th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Best of luck to you Swishy. I’ll forever be a Yankee fan but being raised in a Cleveland Indian household, there is much love for the tribe. If I can’t have you in pinstripes, I’ll cheer you on in your new uniform. Looking forward to seeing you in Spring Training. Hopefully you’ll like AZ better than Florida.

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