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Nick Swisher Interview: Yankees Outfielder Says 'I Want To Be Back Here'

New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher. Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher. Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Outfielder Nick Swisher is in the final year of his contract with the New York Yankees. The energetic, outspoken 31-year-old does not keep it a secret that he would like to remain with the Yankees beyond this season.

"I'm very fortunate to be here. This is my fourth year here. I think I've been very vocal about how much I want to be back here, how much I want to be part of this organization for the rest of my career," Swisher said during a recent interview on WFAN with Mike Francesa. "We're going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it."

Thus far this season Swisher has let his bat make the case for a new contract, hitting .284 with six home runs and 23 RBI in just 21 games. He is currently sidelined for a few games with a hamstring injury.

Full Interview Transcript At Sports Radio Interviews

"I know what's at stake this year for this team and even for myself, personally, but I try not to think about that stuff. ... Last year was that super stressful year because I was playing to come back this year and for them to pick up my option. That didn't quite work for me early in the season, so I told myself, ‘Let's just try to relax, man. Let's just try and be you and enjoy this game.' I feel like when I'm enjoying myself and I'm having the time of my life, that's when I'm the player I can be."

2012 - Nick Swisher 21 81 10 23 9 0 6 23 9 18 0 0 .284 .355 .617