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Red Sox still have interest in free agent Nick Swisher

Dec 11, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Buster Olney opined last week that the Indians are in the best position to sign free agent outfielder Nick Swisher. But a deal obviously hasn’t been struck yet and they do have some competition.

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was told by a baseball source on Tuesday that the Red Sox are “one of four teams” interested in signing Swisher.

The Giants and Mariners may be the other two.

Swisher batted .272/.364/.473 with 24 home runs and 93 RBI in 148 games this past season for the Yankees. The 32-year-old is thought to be seeking a five- or six-year contract.

In Boston, Swisher would presumably see regular playing time at first base — on days that Mike Napoli is catching — and in left field as a¬†substitute¬†for Jonny Gomes against right-handed pitching.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Whoever signs Nick is got to be looking at, at least offering him 4 years/$60MM to start and it’s probably going to take north of both those numbers to sign him. The question is are the Red Sox willing to go that far to sign Swisher?

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    So far this free agent season, the Red Sox have not gone beyond 3 years. Thus, I doubt that they would offer Swisher a contract longer than 3 years.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      My friend you know what they say. Just like you can never have to many catchers on your roster (they have 6 on their 40 man roster if you count Napoli). Also you can never have to many outfielders on your roster (they have 7 with Victorino, Swisher would make it 8 on their 40 man roster if they sign him).

  3. rhmurphy - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    A very convoluted way to platoon Gomes and Salty.

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Of course, if the Napoli deal falls through due to a rumored failed physical, then the Sox might just have to sign Swisher for 4 years.

  5. randygnyc - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Proudly- is that true about Napoli. If so, I must have missed that. (Secretly hoping it is. I’ve said it before, I have a bad feeling about Napoli playing for the Sox)

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      See new Napoli thread.

  6. Ari Collins - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Swisher’s a weird fit. If they sign him, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it just before or after an Ellsbury trade.

    Of course, they could always keep Ellsbury and do something like what Drew suggested, though I’d consider sitting Ortiz against lefties and having Napoli DH instead of Napoli at C and Ortiz attempting to hit lefties.

    Important thing to note is, with last season’s trade, they easily have the money to commit to mid-range guys like Swisher and Sanchez/Dempster/Jackson without hitting the luxury tax.

  7. pologroundsvet - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    He played well but not well enough for the numbers he is looking for. But he’ll get them, even though he was a post season nightmare. The game has simply become a business; that’s all.

  8. serbingood - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Having watch almost every game Swish played in for the Yankees (thanks At Bat!) I feel that the Yankees would make a HUGH mistake in not signing him. He is durable, plays a passable right field, a good 1st base and does hit for a decent average and power. Also he is 32. He has another 3-4 years before age takes it’s toll on his legs. With the average age of the Yanks being just short of Social Security benefits, Swish is still a child on a team of ‘respected elders’.

    Since none of the Yankees did shat in the post season, his performance there was neither better nor worse than the rest of the team.

    Swisher reminds me of Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shinning’. Crazed eyes and can put on a great performance as needed.

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