Free agent right fielder Nick Swisher has rejected his $13.3 million qualifying offer from the New York Yankees and will look for a long-term deal on the free agent market. The Yankees can now earn a compensatory draft pick if Swisher signs with another team.
Six teams have shown early interest in signing Swisher, including the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, and Washington Nationals, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Texas Rangers could also have some interest.
Though Swisher won't find a deal similar to Jayson Werth's (seven years, $126 million) as he had hoped, several teams could be willing to offer at least three years and roughly $11-13 million per year.
Swisher, 31, hit .272 with 24 home runs and 93 RBI this past season. However, he hit just .167 with two RBI in eight postseason games and currently holds a .169 batting average in 46 career postseason games.
The veteran switch-hitter has primarily played right field throughout his nine Major League seasons, but could also play first base for a team looking for infield power.
With Swisher drawing attention from a handful of teams on the free agent market and the Yankees looking to give out short-term deals this winter in hopes of lowering the team's payroll under $189 million by 2014, Swisher's tenure in the Bronx seems to have come to an end.Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher