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 right-hander Edwin Jackson.
Swisher, though, had local ties.
He is from Parkersburg, WV, a city not far from the Ohio border. He attended Ohio State University. And, like most players, he holds new Indians manager Terry Francona in high regard.
"Wow! What a crazy few weeks," Swisher said on Twitter. "Hey Cleveland! Are you ready? Because I'm coming home! #RollTribe."
The Indians, after signing free agent Mark Reynolds to play first base, will use Swisher, a switch-hitter, as a replacement for Shin-Soo Choo in right field.
The team recently traded Choo to the Cincinnati Reds in a deal that eventually l...