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Indians sign Nick Swisher to four-year, $56 million contract

Dec 23, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

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As first reported by beat writer Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Indians have signed free agent outfielder Nick Swisher to a four-year contract worth $56 million. It’s only pending a physical exam.

The deal also includes a $14 million vesting option for the 2017 season, meaning the total potential length and value of the contract is five years, $70 million.

Swisher hit .272/.364/.473 with 24 home runs and 93 RBI in 148 games this past summer for the Yankees. The 32-year-old boasts a solid .256/.361/.467 career batting line in the major leagues.

Cleveland will start Michael Brantley in left field, Drew Stubbs in center and Swisher in right.

  1. thewashingtonsentinal - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I for one would much rather have Swisher,Bauer, and Stubbs than just Choo. And I don’t know where people are coming from saying Cleveland doesn’t have a good up and coming team…our bullpen is crazy good and our starting lineup is full of a bunch of young all stars in Cabrera,santana, Brantley, and Kipnis

    • Kevin Gillman - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Those are the same people that said Athletics and Orioles wouldn’t make the postseason in 2012 either. How did that go for them? They can compete.

      • paperlions - Dec 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        Yeah, a team that lost 94 games with a -178 run differential that has made only modest improvements to the roster and has a thin minor leagues system is on the cusp of competing.

      • Kevin Gillman - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM

        I know it’s hard to comprehend to you, but the Indians were contending in July, then faded rather fast in August. They already have one of the best bullpens in the game, especially with Vinnie in the 8th, and Perez closing the 9th. The offense can just score a few more runs here and there, those close losses in the 9th could have been wins. Then again, there were many people who spewed out stats that the Orioles and Athletics wouldn’t get into the postseason in 2012. How did that go?

      • senioreditor2 - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:14 AM

        A’s = 1 WS since 1975, Orioles = 1 WS since 1970…..need I say more?

      • paperlions - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

        I know they were competing, from a W-L perspective, but they also had a -36 run differential while being above .500, which usually means regression is coming. What you don’t appear to understand is the relevance of sample size. Looking at that roster, I don’t see the underlying talent required for a competitive team, even in the moribund AL Central.

      • Kevin Gillman - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        But it’s going to be a whole new year, those numbers when the 2013 season begins mean nothing. They defeated the very good teams in the AL, but played poorly with the opponents that are on their level. But with a new manager, a new voice, and some upgrades overall on their team, anything can happen. Oakland and Baltimore proved that in 2012.

    • paperlions - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      Eh, look at their lineup and rotation. Both are horribly thin. They are below average at both preventing and scoring runs, even in a week AL east, and their farm system is one of the thinnest around. They aren’t really young and upcoming. Cabrera is close to leaving, Swisher is a small step down from Choo, and they have no cheap help on the way. They are treading water.

    • mamob2012 - Dec 25, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      a step backwards for sure- all the players cleveland has parted with over the years and then you sign a average player like this for that money, idiots, way to secure yourself at the bottom of the division again—— but you did get a buckeye— morons

  2. jckid21 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Great signing for the Tribe. His postseason numbers won’t hurt them since they usually don’t play in mid to late October anymore.

  3. bigtrav425 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Way to much money for a average player….but on the flipslide,it’s good to see those Jews aka the Dolans making moves and spending money

    • cur68 - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Do fuck off.

    • tashkalucy - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      The Dolan’s are Irish, moron.

      • bigharold - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:17 AM

        Lucy, … Never argue with an idiot, .. they just drag you down to their level and beat you on experience.

    • ugglasforearms - Dec 24, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      Don’t people get banned for posts like this?

      • cur68 - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        If Craig sees them, yeah.

  4. denverdude7 - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Nice to see the featherheads finally spend some money in free agency. $56 million for a .270 hitter is a little pricey but at least the Dolans finally found their wallets.

    Unfortunately, that’s probably it for the spending for the next few years. It looks like yet another long, losing summer ahead for the Tribe.

  5. 27xwschamps - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Good luck 2 U Swishalicious !!!

  6. lazlosother - Dec 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    As a Yanks fan I will miss the Swish. Hope he does well in Cleveland.

  7. 11thstreetmafia - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    This guy is a clown. Good luck with him, Cleveland. I promise he won’t be a clubhouse problem.

  8. truwarier90 - Dec 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    swisher is the white version of juan gonzalez, decent number before free agency, then once he signs he will choke and be playing in asia in 3 seasons.

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