It'll be interesting to see what they do with Granderson. If he has another great season (which seems likely), he's going to want upwards of $15-20 million a year, and signing him to a long-term deal would be the last thing a team trying to cut payroll would want to do. They might be able to convince a NL team to let go of a top-of-the-line starter in exchange for some offensive power, which most NL teams seem to be lacking. Swisher is off to a solid start, but he's more likely than Granderson to level off with his RBI numbers as the year goes on. The Yankees will unquestionably exercise their option for 2013 with Cano, because he'll want the same deal as Granderson, if not more, if they were to re-negotiate.
I've mentioned this as a possibility before and it does make some sense. They could resign Swisher and pickup Granderson's 2013 option then deal Granderson for a pitcher. Swisher won't get the years or money that it would take to lock up Granderson longterm after next year, and they could move Gardner over to center again. It's a lot easier to find a leftfielder to replace Gardner then it would be to find a rightfielder to replace Swisher. I would not write this idea off since it would save them money for 2014 and beyond.
Why is it absolutely written in stone that they can't retain Swisher as well as Granderson and Cano?
Nothing is in stone, and you forgot a catcher.
"Selig ran a speakeasy, now he wants to take all the alcohol out of the town." Mike Francesa
I propose we trade everyone for prospects including Jeter and Mo - I think and inured Mo can get us a decent single A utility guy - hopefully our payroll can drop enough so the Steinbrenners can buy all the cigarettes and hairspray they need...