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Nick Swisher's tune: Don't worry, be happy

Hours after completing a suspended game, the Yankees

Hours after completing a suspended game, the Yankees got a ninth-inning home run from Nick Swisher to beat the Twins at Target Field in 2010. (May 26, 2010) Credit: AP

Nick Swisher embraces life as a Yankee, with the latest exhibit occurring Saturday as he signed copies of his first album, "Believe," at a music store in lower Manhattan.

His best chance to remain a Yankee beyond 2012 is to put up a fourth straight stellar regular season and throw in a good postseason this time. And the rightfielder, who turns 31 Friday, pledged not to stress over any such conditionals.

"I'm living in the present. I'm enjoying everything I've got," Swisher said at J&R Music World while promoting his album, which will raise funds for Swish's Wishes, Swisher's charitable foundation dedicated to helping children with "vital health issues."

He added, "I think everyone in the Yankees' organization knows how excited I am. They know how lucky I feel to be here.

"We'll just see what happens after this year. That's the fun part, because you never know what's going to happen."

The Yankees picked up Swisher's $10.25-million club option for 2012, and general manager Brian Cashman said it wasn't a particularly difficult decision. It's possible that he will get traded for a starting pitcher, but at this point, it seems much more likely that he will be a Yankee.

Earlier this year, he switched from his original agent, Joe Bick, to Dan Lozano, who is challenging Southern California neighbor Scott Boras for player-representation dominance. The Yankees' policy is not to extend contracts that haven't concluded, but Swisher and Lozano appear seriously interested in pursuing free agency anyway.

Swisher's only flaw as a Yankee has been his postseasons. In 114 plate appearances in 28 games, he has a .257 on-base percentage, a .330 slugging percentage and only four home runs. This past October, as the Yankees fell to Detroit in the American League Division Series, he tallied a .250 OBP and .368 SLG in 20 plate appearances.

Swisher said he doesn't see a pattern connecting his Yankees postseasons. "I don't even worry about that stuff," he said. "It was like 15 at-bats."

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