New York Yankees Rumors: Atlanta Braves Want Swisher?

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Nov 06, 2012 04:36 PM EST
Nick Swisher in Dugout
New York Yankees Swisher sits in the dugout watching Game 3 against the Detroit Tigers during Game 3 in their MLB ALCS baseball playoff series in Detroit

Michael Bourn could be out of Atlanta and the Braves have been rumored of having interests in switch-hitting Nick Swisher who spent the last few seasons with the New York Yankees. 

Swisher, who plays right field, could take over the left field duties for the Braves as regular left fielder Martin Prado is expected to take over third base following the retirement of longtime third baseman Chipper Jones. 

Swisher, who will be turning 32 at the end of November, would bring charisma and a power bat to the middle of the Braves' lineup. He is a 20-plus homer guy who drives in over 80 runs every season, not to mention that Swisher has a knack for finding ways to get on base. He was 30th in MLB with a .364 OBP. 

Throw those numbers in there with Prado at the top of the lineup, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman packing the middle of the lineup and sluggers like Dan Uggla and Brian McCann and a power lineup is formed. 

In the field he only committed three errors for a .986 fielding percentage and four outfield assists. 

The Yankees are working on a contract offer for Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda and Rafael Soriano, according to the guys over in

These guys could reject the trade and open their possibilities of hitting the market. 

For the Yankees, a little bit of change would not hurt as the team struggled in the playoffs. However, Swisher was one of the popular players in the clubhouse despite conservative Yankee fans disliking his childish-like enthusiasm on the field. 

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