Yankees exercise 2012 club options on Cano, Swisher

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From beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger comes word that the Yankees have exercised 2012 club options on second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder Nick Swisher.

Cano’s option is worth $14 million, a bargain rate for a player of his caliber. The 29-year-old All-Star batted .302 with an .882 OPS, 28 home runs and 118 RBI in 681 plate appearances this season for the American League East champions. He’ll also be a bargain next year — if healthy — on a $15 million club option.

The decision on Swisher may have been a little tougher, but still a no-brainer for a team with the Yanks’ revenue. He’ll make $10.25 million next season after batting .260/.374/.449 with 23 homers in 2011.

Look for more option decisions on Sunday and Monday, leading up to the October 31 midnight deadline.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.