Not having much in terms of wins or a trophy case to polish and display, the Cleveland Indians turned to a few close friends in hopes of attracting free agent outfielder Nick Swisher to play right field for the Wahoos for the foreseeable future.
Matt Loede of 92.3 The Fan reports that Swisher, who paid visit to Cleveland on Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, was treated to dinner with team president Mark Shapiro.Tuesday, he was treated to a lunch with former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel and defensive back Dustin Fox — Swisher, being an alumnus of The Ohio State University — Shapiro, newly hired manager Terry Francona, general manager Chris Antonetti and owner Paul Dolan.
“I think he really likes Francona,” Fox said his meeting with the outfielder. “I think money is the biggest deal, but Francona is one of the biggest reasons that he is here.”
The Indians have reportedly offered Swisher a four-year deal worth upwards of $40 million. They are in a bidding war with the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.
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