Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Christmas may have just come a few days early for the Cleveland Indians.
92.3 The Fan confirms that former Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher has agreed to a deal with the Indians. Various reports says it’s a four-year, $56 million dollar deal.
In the deal, there is also a vesting $14 million-dollar option for a 5th year, that could make the deal a whopping $70 million. The vesting option is based on plate appearances in 2016.
Swisher visited the Indians on Tuesday, and was courted by a number of not only Indians front office members, but also a number of alumni from his college home – Ohio State.
Among those that sat with Swisher at lunch were former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and 92.3 The Fan’s and former OSU Buckeye Dustin Fox.
There was a strong thought that Swisher would eventually sign with a more higher profile team like the Giants or Dodgers, but slowly it became evident that those teams were not as interested in his services as the Indians were.
With Swisher aboard, the Indians 2013 opening day lineup looks a lot different than any they ran out in 2012. The team traded Shin-Soo Choo, but added OF Drew Stubbs, 1B Mark Reynolds, and now Swisher.
Last season Swisher hit .272 with 24 homers and 93 RBI. The 32-year-old is a lifetime .256 hitter.