In the beginning of the offseason Hal gave Cashbox strict orders of how to spend...as you can see many of Cashman's attempts were destroyed by Hal....Martin was signed early....when the Yankees needed players Hal said only for 1 year...as the talent pool dried up Cashmnan went to Hal and said the options were running out....Ichiro was the target and the Yanks really wanted to offer him 1 year but Philly and another team offered 2 years and the Yankees could not lose again so 2 years was the offer...
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Ichiro is a much better player than Swisher that is just the way it is and I hope Swishers gets his big payday and I hope it is in the division. let them suffer with over paying for this clown
But wait.....swisher gets walks! He's worth $100 million!
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Originally Posted by leoharris
Worst postseason player in Yankee history.
That's Yankee history, not Astros history.
Originally Posted by djall10
I am interested to know, after the off season so far, if there would be a contract you would be comfortable signing Swisher to...and please don't say 2 years, $2 dollars and a dozen donuts. Seriously, please. Keep in mind that Hamilton got 5/125 and Victorino go 3/39...Maybe 5/65?
Leo, I posted this in the "Soriano" thread but didn't get an answer and was wondering what your thoughts were for a fair contract for Swisher...
So, to answer your question, I would not offer Swisher one dollar more than Itchy took.
It's the smart move.
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I understand the Yanks $189 situation and, therefore, a multi-year contract for Swisher is not possible, but I was thinking 5/65 would be fair in comparison to what has been handed out already. Now, having said that, he probably will get more from someone else...
As for the Ichy/Swish comparison, maybe I should have qualified the statement a little. I read it that he was stating Ichiro was better than Swish at present day...which I don't believe he is. Also, it is debatable who is a better, more valuable player even in Ichiro's prime... a left-handed, slap hitter with great defense or a switch hitting, all around offense and defensive player.
Sometimes you have to look beyond stats, games aren't played on a computer. Ichiro gives us a dimension Swisher does not, he will put the ball in play, he will hit the other way, he won't strike out every game... he will go 1st to 3rd on singles, he will score from 1st on doubles... he will bunt guys over...
Not sure if you watch the NBA, but look at what Kidd has done for the Knicks... a 39 year old PG who put up "measly" stats last year is helping them so much with his intangibles.
Stats might tell you Swisher is better than Ichiro, but I don't believe it for 1 second. I mean stats would have told you Swish was better than Bernie in some years, but no one would ever take Swish over Bernie in ANY year.
And that's if all things were equal, contract wise, Swish vs Ichiro is FAR from equal. At the very least Swish will command 4/60m which will take him close to his 37th bday. Thanks, but i'll take Ichy at 6.5m for 2 years. the guy is in phenomenal shape, just like Kidd.
Ichy led the Yankees in stolen bases despite only playing half a year for us.
i have a feeling 6 months from now we'll all be talking about what a great signing Ichy was, he's capable of .300 10-15 hr's with 40sb IMO playing in yankee stadium
I like Ichiro, but we have a player like him already in Gardner. I would prefer to have a player like Swisher in RF with Ichiro/Gardner platooning. It's a corner outfield position that needs some power...