Reporting Matt Loede
NASHVILLE (92.3 The Fan) – Tuesday the Indians lost out on OF Shane Victorino to the Red Sox. It sounds like the two teams are once again vying for the same player as the meetings continue into day three.
The latest player to be the apple of the Indians eyes is that of former Ohio State Buckeye Nick Swisher. The former Yankee, White Sox and A’s player would be a great fit with the Tribe, able to play a number of need positions.
Last season in 148 games with New York, Swisher hit .272 with 24 homers and 93 RBI. He played mostly in right last season, but also played some at first and can DH as well.
The 32-year-old was the Athletics first round pick, 16th overall, in the 2002 amateur draft.
Paul Hoynes reported that Terry Francona called Swisher to pitch the Tribe to him. Two other teams in the mix than the Red Sox are the Orioles and Mariners.
Victorino shunned the Indians on Tuesday to take a three-year deal worth a reported $38.5 million with the Red Sox. Reports last night stated the Indians actually offered Victorino a four-year deal worth $44 million.