Outfielder Nick Swisher, who spent the past four seasons in New York, has agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, according to The New York Daily News.
The deal includes a $14 million vesting option for a fifth year based on plate appearances that could make the contract's total value $70 million through the 2017 season.
Swisher, 32, batted .272 with 24 homers and 93 RBIs in 148 games last season with the Yankees.
The Tribe made it known they wanted Swisher, giving him and his wife, actress JoAnna Garcia, the red carpet treatment when the two visited Progressive Field on Dec. 18. Swisher, who played college at Ohio State was given a tour of the team's facilities, and had lunch with manager Terry Francona, team executives and former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.
The Indians also played a video on the scoreboard featuring current Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, basketball coach Thad Matta and baseball coach Greg Beals, who each gave Swisher personal messages and encouragement to join the Indians.