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Rumor (sort of): Swisher & the Indians

12/22/2011

Earlier today, we explained how if the the Yankees were going to make a big move, they first would have to shed payroll. Since the Indians are going after Carlos Beltran, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal speculated that Plan B for Cleveland could be a deal for Swisher. However, before this had a chance to gain legs, Rosenthal shot it in the thigh.

But at this point, Swisher does not appear to be a realistic alternative if the Indians fail to sign free agent Carlos Beltran.

For the Yankees to trade Swisher, they would need a player to replace him in right field. They lack a major-league ready outfield prospect such as the Phillies’ Domonic Brown. And though they would shed Swisher’s $10.25 million salary in a trade, they probably could not find as productive a player on the free-agent market.

One thing to keep in mind, as I mentioned earlier, if the Yankees are truly hot for Yoenis Cespedes, then trading Swisher opens up payroll. Perhaps that could become an option, if not, there is really no fit because the Yankees have to have a right fielder.

It is fun to consider.

Q: Would you trade Swisher for the purpose of signing Cespedes?