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Indians “making a push” to sign Nick Swisher

Dec 17, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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Buster Olney of ESPN.com writes that the Indians “are making a push in their effort to land” free agent outfielder Nick Swisher, which makes sense considering he was expected to be in Cleveland for a visit at some point this week.

Earlier this offseason the Indians reportedly made Shane Victorino a four-year, $44 million offer that was rejected, so they definitely have some money to thrown Swisher’s way.

Cleveland has been linked to him for most of the offseason, with some reports suggesting they were frontrunners to sign Swisher as far back as a month ago. At age 32 a long-term deal would be risky for the Indians, but Swisher’s production has been remarkably consistent with an OPS between .822 and .870 in each of the past four seasons and seven straight years with at least 148 games.

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    The Indians are what, 0-5 on free agent they offered contracts to. Guess it be nice if they improved it to 1-6…

  2. tashkalucy - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    The Indians always make a “push”…..

    The push the price up on free agents that other teams pay to sign them.

    How about they get a new front office that can draft and develop their own players….lots of them.

    Nick Swisher on the Cleveland Indians may take them from a 90-plus loss team to an 87-88 loss team. What’s the point? Heavens, the guys wife will leave him if he signs to play the next 4 years in Cleveland.

    • Lukehart80 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      That front office you described sounds incredible! Is there one like that available or is it strictly a hypothetical?

      • tashkalucy - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        The Royals, Rays, Braves Cards…..10 more but these immediately popped in.

  3. bigtrav425 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I’d go 3 Max with Swisher.he obviously not in our long term plans plus he is 32.but at the same time it’s nice to finally see the Dolans spending money.altho it’s to little to late for us fans! Those scumbags need to leave her and will always be hated

  4. blantoncollier - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    The Indians making a push to sign someone is typically a PR move showing the fans they are trying..then when they swing and miss–they can say to the media and fans..”See we tried. But someone paid more.”

  5. fanofevilempire - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Cleveland is window shopping and if something falls into their lap they will scoop it up.

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