The Atlanta Braves have announced that they have given Nick Swisher his unconditional release.
This is not a shocker. Indeed, you saw this was coming the second the Braves signed Jeff Francoeur who fills the same general niche as Swisher (i.e. past his sell-date outfielder/bench bat) but who is not as versatile. Or as popular, for whatever that is worth. As it was, the Braves have Michael Bourn and Nick Markakis hanging around and certainly plan on starting Ender Inciarte and Hector Olivera. Emilio Bonafacio — who can handle some infield in a pinch — is in the mix too. There really was no room for Swisher.
Swisher — who showed up in camp claiming to be in The Best Shape of His Life — was 10-for-38 with three doubles and eight walks this spring. He also has some bad wheels and had a hefty 2017 option in play this year. There was little chance he was going to get a lot of playing time with Atlanta as a result. Now where he goes is anyone’s guess.