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The Cleveland Indians got their man. They were recruiting Nick Swisher heavily, and yesterday they signed him. Swisher, who is coming off four solid seasons with the New York Yankees, quickly became one of the hottest outfield free agents as Josh Hamilton signed with the Los Angeles Angels. Plenty of teams were interested, but it seems Cleveland was the best fit.
Marc Craig of Newsday says the Yankees were in no position to negotiate with Swisher on the free agent market. They made him a qualifying offer of $13.3 million, but they couldn't go beyond that and stick to their plan that will allow them to drop payroll to below $189 million by 2014. $189 million is the luxury tax threshold. The Yankees want to be below that so they can stop paying millions in revenue sharing. Allowing Swisher to walks helps them accomplish this. However, making the $13.3 million offer to Swisher ensure New York of draft pick compensation.
Swisher enjoyed a successful run in New York including a World Series victory in 2009. He had his best overall years while with the Yankees, hitting .268/.367/.483. He made his only All-Star appearance while with New York as well. The Yankees will miss him, and Swisher may miss New York, but he has a chance to help rebuild the Indians into a contender.
Thank you NY for the kindness & support you’ve shown me the past 4 years. It’s been an amazing experience & I’ve loved every minute of it!
— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) December 23, 2012
Swisher remained relatively healthy in New York, playing in 148 or more games in every season. This is something that should bode well for the Indians. Swisher is a tough player and should be ready to go night in and night out.
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Nick Swisher has reportedly signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Indians worth $56 million.
As first reported by the New York Daily News‘ Mark Feinsand, the Indians and Nick Swisher have agreed to a 4 year deal worth $56 million.
BREAKING: Nick Swisher has agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Indians. Vesting $14M option for a 5th year could make it $70M.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 23, 2012
The deal also is reported to have a $14 million vesting...
Nick Swisher signing isn’t the biggest free agency news in MLB this off-season, but it’s very big for a Cleveland Indians team that needed an outfielder and some serious clubhouse leadership. Well, the fact that Swisher has roots in Ohio isn’t too bad either.
Wow! What a crazy few weeks. Hey Cleveland! Are you ready? Because I’m coming home! #RollTribe
— Nick Swisher (...
Merry Christmas! Busy with the holidays I missed one noteworthy piece of news from Christmas Eve: outfielder Nick Swisher signed with the Cleveland Indians. Swisher's deal is reportedly for four years and $56 million. Merry Christmas to him! Swisher once was thought of as an option for the Phillies, but...
The signing is complete and there is no looking back now, Nick Swisher is an Indian and will be one through 2016 (possibly 2017). At this point everyone knows that he will be making $56M over those first four seasons with an option for the fifth. What we don't know is what he will produce.
The first thing to discuss is Swisher's age. He is going to be 32 in 2013 and playing...
The Cleveland Indians finally landed a top free agent Sunday, reaching agreement with right fielder Nick Swisher on a four-year, $56 million contract.
The deal, first reported by the New York Daily News and later confirmed by Swisher on Twitter, includes a vesting option for a fifth season.
The Indians previously had made failed four-year offers to outfielder Shane Victorino and...
Nick Swisher has signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Indians. Swisher, 32, will earn $56 million over the course of the contract and a vesting fifth year could push the deal to a total value of $70 million.
Swisher spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees. A career .256/.361/.467 hitter, Swisher has hit 21 or more home runs dating back to 2005.
ESPN’s Jim Bowen tweets that OF Nick Swisher is mulling the Tribe’s offer:
Nick Swisher giving serious consideration to 4-year $52mm offer from Indians….preferred LAD,LAA,NYY because of wife acting but not avail
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 22, 2012
The Tribe made their pitch to the former Ohio State outfielder on Tuesday and Swisher visited other teams throughout...
The New York Yankees weren’t ready to break the bank for Nick Swisher. But the Cleveland Indians were happy to oblige.
Terry Francona‘s new club emerged from “a half-dozen teams” to win over Swisher with a four-year, $56 million deal that includes a fifth-year vesting option of $14 million based on plate appearances, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News....
Today the Indians got their man, in the form of a shiny new four-year $56 million contract to secure the services of Nick Swisher.
Swisher is known to most for his ebullient and outgoing nature both in the clubhouse and with fans.
But to me, he’s most known as Dandy Marte’s lone strikeout victim in a career of otherwise spectacular failure. Marte (née Andy) was once touted...
The Cleveland Indians signed Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million deal on Sunday with a vesting option for a fifth season. Cleveland was the only serious suitor for Swisher, who preferred to play for a large market team like the Yankees, Angels, or Dodgers, but none had a spot for him in their budget this winter.
Swisher will essentially be replacing Shin-Soo Choo, who was...
The Cleveland Indians have signed Nick Swisher to a four-year deal worth $56mm, Mark Feindsand of the New York Daily News reports. The deal also includes a $14mm fifth year vesting option and can vest based on a certain number of plate appearances in ‘16.
Indians had interest in Swisher from the get go, but the Indians may not have been his first choice. Swisher's wife who...
Free agent outfielder Nick Swisher is “giving serious
consideration” to the four-year, $52 million offer the Cleveland Indians have
extended him, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Nick Swisher giving serious consideration to 4-year $52mm offer from Indians....preferred LAD,LAA,NYY because of wife acting but not avail
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 22, 2012
Update: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Indians have signed Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million contract.The deal also includes a $14 million option for 2017 that will vest based on his number of plate appearances in 2016.
The hot stove is burning in Los Angeles as as the rumor storm continues to brew in Dodgertown. We already heard today that Joel...
No Cody Ross, no Nick Swisher. Happy me. No, neither guy stinks. No, I didn't want to think about them in a Phillies uniform in three years. With both off the board, neither will be here. Again, I am quite happy with that. Apparently RAJ is considering Scott Hairston now....