In more news that should surprise no one, Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees will be extending Nick Swisher a one year qualifying offer for a return in 2013, but have “no interest” in offering their right fielder a multi-year contract. The qualifying offer would allow them to collect draft pick compensation if Swisher signs elsewhere, and will come to about $13.5 million this winter. Swisher is unlikely to accept that, however, and will probably hit the open market in search of a contract similar to the one Washington gave Jayson Werth two winters ago.
Swisher hit .272/.364/.473 with 24 home runs during the regular season this year and was second on the team in OBP (Robinson Cano led the team with a .379 mark), but this has been expected since before the season began. Not only has Swisher struggled in the postseason during his entire tenure in pinstripes, but the contract he’s likely to command won’t comfortably fit in with ownership’s plan to reduce payroll to below the luxury tax threshold for the 2014 season. Heyman specifically ties the Yankees’ lack of interest in Swisher to their payroll plans, saying that the former is “mostly about” the latter.