Originally written on Cleveland Frowns  |  Last updated 12/28/12
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Since the Cleveland Indians signed free agent Nick Swisher to what’s effectively a 5-year $70 million contract last week, we’d been trying to figure out what’s more depressing: Is it that the largest free agent contract in franchise history has gone to a 32-year-old corner outfielder on the downswing of his career, who’s only made an All Star team once, and has a .169 batting average and .283 on base percentage with 8 RBI in 181 career postseason plate appearances? Or is it that MLB’s wretched economics have so battered Cleveland baseball fans that many of them have met this news with enthusiasm, even unbridled enthusiasm, including cheers of “Merry Swishmas,” and worse? But after reading this column at Cleveland.com by Mike Brandyberry, titled “Nick Swisher fits perfectly in Cleveland,” we’re sure that the answer  is “both,” and that the problem is much worse than we thought. Look: “Since Nick Swisher agreed to his four-year, $56 million contract on Sunday, baseball analysts and
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