Yankees close to a minor league deal with Nick Swisher

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The Yankees are still waiting for free agent Nick Swisher to pass a physical, but when he does, they are expected to finalize a minor league contract and assign Swisher to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. It’s not a given that Swisher will pass it, given his knee¬†issues.

Swisher, 35, is expected to serve as first base depth in the event Mark Teixeira suffers another injury. King, however, quotes a scout who watched Swisher during spring training who said, “His legs are gone.”

GM Brian Cashman, who also saw Swisher play against his Yankees during spring training, is still a believer. Cashman said, “He still put together quality at-bats and can play first base.”