Indians are showing interest in outfielder Nick Swisher
According to Ken Rosenthal ofFoxSports.com, he says the Indians have been checking in on several free agents, and one of those is free agent outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher.
Swisher, 32, hit .272 with 24 HR, 93 RBI, and .837 OPS in 148 games with the Yankees last season. He is a switch-hitter and his versatility to play either first base or a corner outfield position would fill a need at either position.
Swisher was born in Columbus, OH before moving to Parkersburg, WV and attended high school there before he returned to Ohio to play baseball at Ohio State University. The Indians do not necessarily have the financial pull to outbid other teams, but it would be sort of a homecoming for him and he reportedly is very fond of new manager Terry Francona.
Swisher is looking for a four year deal this offseason, but eventually may have to settle for three years. He is expected to sign for about $11-13M per season. Such a deal would push the Indians to their financial limits, but they have made similar deals in the past for $11M+ a season, most notably Jake Westbrook and Travis Hafner.
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skydancing; at what point did anybody say they shouldn't try? That clearly isn't the same as saying they won't get it done. Of course they should try - but as I said, history says it's not going to happen.
Of course the Indians should "try." The key to that is always going to be, "are they really trying?"
The Indians HAVE to get a player they are "trying" to get...that's the key...and not for the fans, but for the team to actually improve. It would also help with regards to the "debbie downer" morale that we see from year-to-year.
There really needs to be some wins here...
Of course...as all have alluded to...the change in approach will be the gets...
The Indians need to be in play for guys like Swisher. Talking to him and closing a deal are completely different things of course ... they talked to Beltran last year too. But they should be talking to Swisher, Victorino, Cody Ross, even BJ Upton, otherwise they will fall further behind the curve.
This is the obligatory "story" leaked by the front office as so they may cite Nick Swisher when asked in March about the lack of professional hitters/pitchers on the team. Just like Beltran a year ago, gives Antonetti an out to say... "hey, we tried". I am sure they are kicking the tries on Grienke and Hamilton too. It seems as though this organization wants credit for simply being in the conversation.