Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/21/14

08 May 2009: Nick Swisher in action during the Baltimore Orioles versus the visiting New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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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 dealt to the Reds last week, in the Indians lineup and will join an outfield that includes Michael Brantley and the newly-acquired Drew Stubbs. If you essentially look at the situation as Cleveland upgrading from Shoo to Swisher, the team makes a substantial gain in power while losing some speed. Swisher has never failed to hit 20 homers in a season over his career, has walked at a double digit rate in all but one season of his career, and has never really dealt with any serious injury issues. In contrast, Choo has just two 20 homer seasons in his career and has played just three non-injury shortened seaso...
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