First Pitch: Grandy or Swishalicious?

September, 10, 2012
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Curtis Granderson has gotten going, finally, so is Nick Swisher next?

Granderson's one-homer, five-RBI game Sunday came in the midst of Swisher's 0-for-28 slide.

The question that arises for the Yankees going forward is: Whom do they want to invest in?

Granderson has become an all-or-nothing guy, even if that wasn't the case on Sunday. Swisher, despite the face he's done nothing for a week, has more of an all-around game.

So the question of the day -- and one I repeatedly get on Twitter -- is, who would you rather have long-term, Granderson or Swisher?

Swisher is a free agent after this season, and he has talked like a guy who thinks he is a goner. He wants to stay, but knows the Yankees' goal is to get the payroll under $189 million by 2014. The feeling has been that Granderson is more likely to get a long-term contract. However, maybe the Yankees will wait and see until after next season, when Granderson is eligible for free agency? They don't have that luxury with Swisher -- decision time is coming quickly.

If Swisher is going to make it hard for the Yankees to let him leave, he needs to step up here in September and October.

ON DECK: The Yankees are off on Monday. The pitching matchups in Boston are scheduled to be: Hiroki Kuroda (13-10, 3.14) vs. Jon Lester (9-11, 4.99) on Tuesday; David Phelps (3-4, 3.55) vs. Aaron Cook (3-9, 5.17) on Wednesday; Phil Hughes (14-12, 4.13) vs. Felix Doubront (10-8, 5.21) on Thursday. Girardi could insert Ivan Nova for Phelps on Wednesday. It seems obvious Nova is going to replace either Phelps or Freddy Garcia in the rotation.

IN THE HOLE: Wallace Matthews and I will have the information on how Mark Teixeira and Andy Pettitte did with their doctor appointments, so check back early and often. Thanks for reading.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Granderson or Swisher? Who do you want long-term?
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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