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Yankees pick up options on Cano, Swisher

The Yankees announced late Saturday night that they had picked up theoptions on both second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder NickSwisher.

The Yankees announced late Saturday night that they had picked up the options on both second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder Nick Swisher.

It was no surprise the Yankees would pick up the option on Cano, who was a an All Star for the second-straight season. The team option was for $14 million in 2012. Cano's agent, Scott Boras, had expressed interest in getting Cano a long-term deal this week, but the Yankees had no incentive to do so with the option years in 2012 and 2013 -- at $15 million.

He batted .302 with 28 home runs and 118 runs batted in. His 118 RBI were second in the AL to his teammate Curtis Granderson. He was ninth in the AL in slugging percentage (.533) and one year after winning the Gold Glove at second continued his sterlying defensive play. He led the AL in range factor -- a defensive metric measuring how much ground you cover -- for second basemen.

Swisher presented more of a question for the team. Just this week ESPN reported that Boras was trying to sell the Yankees on Giants right fielder Carlos Beltran, who is a free agent. The Yankees decided Swisher was the better option. His option for 2012 was for $10.25 million.

Swisher batted .260, but carried a .374 on-base percentage due to his 95 walks. That figure was fourth in the AL. Swisher had 23 home runs and 85 runs batted in. Both of those numbers were down from his first two years in the Bronx.

Swisher has mainly received criticism for his postseason play, however. He was 4-for-19 (.211) with one home run and one RBI. He was also 2-for-22 (.091) with one homer in the ALCS last season as the Yankees lost to Texas. Overall, he is 16-for-100 (.160) with four home runs and five RBI in his 28 postseason games with New York. He was 2-for-15 (.133) in the 2009 World Series.

The two moves makes it unlikely the Yankees will sign any noteworthy offensive free agents, like Beltran, David DeJesus or Michael Cuddyer.

Teams could not pick up options on any of their players until the World Series ended, so the Yankees wasted no time in deciding on both Cano and Swisher.



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