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Russell Martin and Nick Swisher vs. the Yankees
Swisher went on to sign a four-year, $56 million deal with the Indians and Martin inked a two-year, $15 million contract with the Pirates. Both players' teams made the playoffs as a Wild Card, with Martin slamming two home runs for the Pirates on Tuesday to help Pittsburgh advance to the Division Series.
The Yankees, meanwhile, missed out on the playoffs. And the replacements for Martin and Swisher failed to replicate the departed Yankees' sucess.
Martin was replaced by a cavalcade of catchers, headed by Chris Stewart and Austin Romine but also comprising J.R. Murphy and Francisco Cervelli.
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Swisher was jettisoned largely in favor of Ichiro Suzuki, though Thomas Neal, Brennan Boesch and Ben Francisco all saw some time in right field during the season as well.
|Nick Swisher||Yankees right fielders|
Using Fangraphs' Wins Above Replacement measurement, Swisher and Martin would have added more than five additional wins to the Yankees. Considering the Yankees finished 6.5 games out of the Wild Card, that extra boost could have been a difference maker.