The Yankees are apparently planning to make a qualifying offer to Swisher, a free agent, but with the hope that he rejects it, according to Jon Heyman. The qualifying offer would be for about $13.3 million for one year, but Swisher will likely field multiple multi-year deals this winter, his foray into free agency.
The idea is that the Yankees would like Swisher to reject the offer so they could then reap an extra first-round draft pick as compensation when he signs elsewhere.
Swisher came to the Yankees in an off-season trade before the 2009 season after spending a disappointing 2008 with the Chicago White Sox. In his four years in the Bronx, Swisher hit an impressive .268/.367/.483 while averaging more than 25 home runs per season. Swisher will turn 32 this month, and he could be one of the most sought-after outfielders on the free agent market this winter.