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There will undoubtedly be a lot of analysis of the Indians’ recent signing of Nick Swisher; the scrutiny will likely last for several seasons. ESPN’s Keith Law, however, provides instant discussion surrounding the market value of the $56 million deal as well as the team which will be cutting the check.
Given the state of the free-agent market this winter, it’s not surprising that Nick Swisher would get a four-year deal or an annual salary of $14 million, with a vesting option for a fifth season at the same rate. The surprise is that the contract came from a second-division club in Cleveland that operates with one of the game’s lowest payrolls and doesn’t appear to have significant hopes of playoff contention for at least two more years.
Swisher’s approach at the plate and ability to hit from both sides of the plate has led to strong OBPs throughout his career, and that combined with above-average power and average defense in right have made him a valuable and perhaps even underrated player, especially since he arrived in the Bronx. [...]
What I don’t get is the logic of a below-.500 team giving a four-year contract to a corner outfielder who is entering his age-32 season. Cleveland lost 94 games in 2012 and had the second-worst run differential in the majors; prior to the Swisher signing, its only significant move of the offseason was trading Choo for Trevor Bauer, a great deal for the long term, but hardly enough to make the team a contender in 2013 or 2014.
Law speculates that this signing may be asset-based in the way that Swisher’s value to the Indians may be in the form of a tradable commodity after this coming season. Coupling his production with the rapidly rising costs of free agents and the very thin free agent class of 2013, and the Tribe front office may very well be outsmarting everyone who wants to focus on the length and total dollar amount of the deal.
It’s an amount that will make Swisher the highest-paid Indian ever. But it’s an amount that Chris Antonetti and company may very well flip for something better (and younger) in a years time.
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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 (...
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
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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.
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