Yankees to make qualifying offer to Nick Swisher

The Yankees will make a qualifying offer of around $13.5 million to OF Nick Swisher, but do not expect him to accept the offer, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman says the Yankees will make the offer so to receive draft compensation for Swisher when he signs with a new team.

In regards to a new deal, Heyman says competing executives around the game expect Swisher to sign a three-year deal this winter.

In 148 games for the Yankees in 2012, Swisher – who turns 32 in November – hit .272 with a .364 OBP and .473 SLG, 24 home runs and 93 RBI with 141 strikeouts in 537 at-bats – he hit 11 home runs at home, 13 on the road.

He went just 5-for-30 with two RBI in the playoffs in 2012.

Michael Baron, Contributor

This guy drives me nuts, but so do many Yankee players. I mean, he always seems to have a condescending smirk on his face…he’s just annoying.

With that said, I think he would be a solid addition for the Mets on a two or three year deal. He’s a switch hitter who has put together eight consecutive seasons of 20 home runs or more and, with a career OBP of .361 and SLG of .467, he certainly fits the mold of a guy Sandy Alderson would seek (and need). He also knows and loves New York, and he’s shown he’s not necessarily a product of Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field.

There will presumably there will be competition for Swisher’s services up and down the National League East – since every team in the division needs outfielders – and so it will be interesting to see how the bidding pans out for him. It also remains to be seen if the Mets can and/or are willing to invest the kind of resources it would take to acquire a player like Swisher, who would most definitely improve their situation in the outfield to a large degree.