"I know he is going to start working out and he's going to join the Triple-A club," Joe Girardi told Chad Jennings Saturday. "For us, he's played the outfield and first base, mostly the outfield for us when he was here. I think he has to make sure that he's ready and gets going before you start talking about him, but when he was here, he was extremely productive and loved playing here."
The signing should add some depth to the Yankees first base corps. Mark Teixeira's backup, Greg Bird, was lost in February to shoulder surgery.
Nick Swisher is working out at the Yankees minor league complex. Team anticipates signing minor league deal as DH/1B/OF depth.— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) April 9, 2016
"Swisher will be paid pro-rated portion of MLB minimum if in majors on new Yankees minor-league deal," according to Jon Heyman. Cleveland and Atlanta will pay the remainder of the deal. LoHud Yankees Blog reported the signing to be depth for the positions of designated hitter, first base, and outfield.
Nick swisher will be paid pro-rated portion of MLB minimum if in majors on new Yankees minor-league deal. Clev/atl pay rest— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 9, 2016
Swisher was released by the Braves in March, despite the team still owing him $15 million. The deal includes a May 15 opt-out date.
Swisher is a career .249 hitter, with 245 home runs and 803 career RBI. He is a 12-year veteran, who started his career in 2004 with the Oakland Athletics. In 2015, Swisher swatted .196, with hitting six home runs. Swisher has a career .989 fielding percentage.