Nick Swisher's club option was picked up for 2012 but the rightfielder will become a free agent after the season. With the Yankees policy generally being to let contracts expire and not redo deals, Swisher is all but certain to hit the free agent market.
Swisher hopes to re-sign with the Yankees but has to know, even if he has a monster season, if his goal is a big-money score on the free agent market, it's not likely to come in the Bronx.
"I’m sure as the season kind of starts up, I’m sure the talk will get a little more and a little more, but I think I’m ready for that," Swisher said of performing in his walk-year. "I’m not thinking about that. I’ve got a great job. I make good money, my wife makes good money. Money’s not a big thing for us. I do what I love and that’s coming to the ballpark and playing ball everyday. Whatever's going to happen [is] going to happen. I wish I could write it in a book and script it out [and] I’d be here for the rest of my career, but if it’s one of those things where it doesn’t happen then, hey, man, you have to roll with the punches. But I know I’m going to go out there busting my ass, doing everything I know I can and make that decision real difficult on them.