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Orioles among four teams to meet with Nick Swisher’s agent

Dec 4, 2012, 9:04 PM EDT

Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher AP

There have been mixed messages over just how much the Orioles have to spend this winter, but it looks like they are considering one big-ticket item after meeting with Nick Swisher‘s agent, Dan Lozano, on Tuesday.

Three other teams also met with Lozano about Swisher, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown.

Swisher, who is married to actress JoAnna Garcia, is believed to prefer to play in New York or Los Angeles, but none of the four clubs with those cities in their names have expressed any interest. San Francisco would seem to be a reasonable compromise, but the Giants are likely out of the mix after re-signing Angel Pagan.

Assuming all of that holds true, Baltimore might be one of the best options for Swisher. He’d likely play left field for the Orioles, replacing Nolan Reimold and Nate McLouth. McLouth is a free agent, and Reimold would likely become trade bait in such a scenario. Alternatively, the Orioles could use Swisher at first base and make Chris Davis their DH.

The Mariners are also believed to be considering Swisher, and the Rangers could enter the mix if Josh Hamilton departs. For that reason, Swisher may wait to see what happens with Hamilton before he picks his destination.

  1. cackalackyank - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    I have said it before and will say it again…trade Granderson…sign Swisher.

  2. brianforster - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    oh my god no!!! what a waste of money for the orioles, i really hope this does not happen.

    i suppose if buck signed off on him, i might change my mind, but i just don’t see him fitting in here.

    • psuravens19 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      Depending what the contract would be, I think Swisher makes a lot of sense in Baltimore. Power, OBP, versatile in the field; what else would you want in a player?

      • brianforster - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM


  3. kappy32 - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    The Mets better not go anywhere near this guy. It’s not like they’re going after anyone that could possibly be confused with a major league player, anyway; however, Nick Swisher might be the only guy I would rather have Lucas Deadweight Duda play over.

  4. pisano - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    I don’t care where he goes, just so long as the Yankees don’t bring him back, his act got old, it was time for him to move on.

  5. dowhatifeellike - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    No. No no no. No no. Players don’t like him. Fans don’t like him. May not even need him if Reimold is healthy this year.

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