New York Yankees Rumors: Seattle Mariners in On Swisher Sweepstakes?

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Nov 09, 2012 11:35 AM EST
Nick Swisher
New York Yankees Swisher celebrates after winning the AL East Division championship in New York
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As to no surprise, Nick Swisher is a very popular asset attracting interest from all around the league, even from the Seattle Mariners. 

The rumors have the Mariners needing corner outfielders who can hit and Swisher provides just that with his 24 home runs and 93 RBI from the 2012 season.

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Can the Mariners afford Swish?
Though the Mariners might seem like a team that many wouldn't consider contenders in relation to the New York Yankees' pocket depth, Seattle has a connection to Steve Swisher, Nick's dad. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Mariner General Manager Jack Zduriencik is very close to Mr. Swisher. 

So if a multi-year deal is offered, chances are the Mariners could get a small discount, unless of course, they want to break the bank for Swisher.

5 P.M. Deadline
The New York Yankees made a qualifying offer to Swisher, but many baseball experts and insiders believe he will reject the $13.3 million offered as there are plenty of other options available from teams around the league. 

Other Yankees on a deadline include Rafael Soriano and Kiroki Kuroda. 

Yankee Options to Replace Swisher
Brian Cashman has a couple of options lined up in case Swisher does sign elsewhere. Those outfielders include B.J. Upton, Justin Upton, which would have to come by trade, Torii Hunter and of course, Ichiro Suzuki.

However, Cashman and the Yankees can't begin offering deals to other players until 5 p.m. when they find out what Soriano, Kuroda and Swisher will do with their offers.  

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