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Russell Martin and Nick Swisher vs. the Yankees

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Of all the free agent decisions the Yankees made prior to the 2013 season, two are quite notable as the playoffs arrive: letting Nick Swisher and Russell Martin walk.

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...

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Yankees may wish they had a do-over on several players

Nick Swisher pumps his fist during batting practice

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The Yankees may want a do-over.

Perhaps a couple of them.

At the end of the 2012 season the team faced decisions on five significant free agents: Nick Swisher, Ichiro Suzuki, Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez.

The Yankees let four walk and retained Suzuki for two years, $13 million.

Let’s be clear: Most of the logic made sense at the time. The Yankees wanted to...

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