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Red Sox still in on Nick Swisher, out on Adam LaRoche

Dec 3, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

Nick Swisher AP

Boston’s pursuit of Adam LaRoche ended with the signing of Mike Napoli, but the Red Sox are still talking to Nick Swisher,’s Jon Heyman reports.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark says the Red Sox are also considering Cody Ross and Shane Victorino as they seek to round out their outfield. Signing one player from that group would leave them with Jonny Gomes, Ryan Kalish and Daniel Nava battling for time in one spot.

The addition of Swisher would give the Red Sox even more flexibility after adding a catcher-first baseman in Napoli. Napoli will likely play first base most of the time, but when he catches, Swisher could move to first, which is probably his best position. Swisher would presumably start in right field the rest of the time.

Swisher is looking for a five- or six-year deal, but odds are that he’ll have to settle for four, perhaps at the same $13 million per year that Napoli just got from the Red Sox.

As for LaRoche, he can still return to the Nationals with Mike Morse seemingly on the block. The Rangers and Mariners are his other suitors, according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore.

  1. mybrunoblog - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Dear Red Sox,
    Best of luck. We hope you sign Swisher ASAP. We are confident that you will be sick of his annoying smile before summer arrives. Enjoy watching when he goes 0-4 in those crucial August and September games. And yes it gets better. If you guys can reach the post season you will marvel as Swisher bats a robust .092 while leaving a dozen guys on base, but smiling the whole time. Enjoy.
    Your Friends,
    Yankee fans everywhere

    • pisano - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      mybruno….. I couldn’t have said it any better, he grows old fast, and what a nice place to go to get fans pissed off at you.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Just go ahead and sign one of them. Whichever spare part they sign for the outfield, he is unlikely to contribute less than Crawford.

  3. bostonboy82 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Speaking of batting avg’s, the NYY total BA in the 2012 post season was .188. Most of that came from, Derek (ankle), A-Roid (hip), Martin (pirates), Ichiro (FA), Swisher (likely Boston), Ibanez (who?, oh the 40 year old). So have fun with Cano (.075) and Granderson (.100). Oh and watch out for that luxury tax.

    • whatthehellisansky - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      What was the Red Sox’s total BA in the 2012 postseason?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        or 2011, or 2010, or 2009…

      • number42is1 - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        SAH-WISH! (pun intended)

      • Ari Collins - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        Actually in ’09 it was .270.

        Obviously I have no rejoinder for the rest of it!

  4. daisycutter1 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Look on the bright side. If Swisher signs with the Red Sox, the fans won’t have to worry about him playing in any postseason games.

  5. psousa1 - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    As a Red Sox fan I cannot scream loud enough: Swisher sucks! He is not a good player. The f-ing Boston media, fan base fall all over themselves: “We need a Nick Swisher type of player!”

    If you want the worst RF in MLB – yes, then you want Swisher. He would be going from the easiest RF (Yankee stadium – in which he still f-ked up the most routine balls) to the most difficult and expansive RF (Fenway). The next thing they bring up – He’s got power!! No he does not. He played 81 games at Yankee Stadium in which straight away RF is about 30 feet less than straight away RF at Fenway (and forget right handed – he only hits ground balls over second base bag from the right side of the plate). The 3rd – He’s a great clubhouse guy! Go to deadspin and enter ‘unheralded baseball feuds’ and number 1 is Entire Yankee Clubhouse vs. Nick Swisher.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Signing with the Red Sox should really improve his relationship with the Yankee fans in the bleachers.

  7. richwizl - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    I’m not too keen on Swish; I’m thinking more along the lines of Josh Hamilton and Big Game James.

  8. steveanthony44 - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    first of all let me say that all of you Nick Swisher “haters” dont know the real Nick Swisher. I have had the pleasure of knowing Nick since he came to live with his father Steve ( whom is a former major leauger himself and was on the all star team in 1976). Nick was a tremendous athlete at his High School growing up. He was a tremendous Baseball player as well as a football player. Nick had numerous offers to play D1 football but turned them down to play for his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes. What you see is what you get with Nick. Nick would be a great addition to ANY clubhouse. If your favorite MLB team is lucky enough to sign Swish you will become a Swisher fan. I guarntee it.

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