Three and out for Beltran

October, 30, 2011
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You can thank Scott Boras for the Yankees decision to pick up the option on Nick Swisher for the 2012 season. According to a source familar with the negotiations, the Yankees were seriously considering replacing Swisher in right-field with Carlos Beltran -- until the club learned on Saturday that Boras, Beltran's agent, was seeking a three-year deal for the oft-injured outfielder, who will turn 35 in April. That tipped the scales in favor of Swisher, who will return for one year at $10.25 million. And, presumably, get one last crack at proving he can produce in the post-season.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAB. Gardner .281
HRM. Teixeira 18
RBIM. Teixeira 50
RB. Gardner 68
OPSB. Gardner .813
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135