Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/28/12
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The Cleveland Indians' busiest, most productive offseason in years reached a crescendo with the recent signing of free agent outfielder Nick Swisher. The signing seems to indicate a significant shift in organizational philosophy. Swisher agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract, with an option for a fifth year, which, if vested, would bring the total value of the contract to $70 million. That would make it the largest contract in Indians history, eclipsing designated hitter Travis Hafner's four-year, $57 million deal, which expired at the end of the 2012 season. The Swisher signing, moreover, appears to indicate that the Indians are prepared to be more financially aggressive in trying to improve the team. For most of the Dolan family's ownership tenure, which dates to 2000, the policy has been against deficit spending. Ownership based its budget and payroll on revenue projections for the coming season. A large part of that revolved around the projected attendance for the upco...
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