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Indians could move Nick Swisher back to the outfield next year

Aug 8, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

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Nick Swisher has not had a very good season, his second as the Indians’ full-time first baseman. He has not only struggled at the plate, but has been hampered by injuries and played poor defense at first. As a result, Indians GM Chris Antonelli suggested Swisher could move back to the outfield next season.

Via Paul Hoynes on

“Just to rewind a little bit . . .the plan coming into this season was for Nick to play a lot of first base. So he prepared in the offseason and spring training to do that and not play a lot outfield.

“Going into next year the plan could be different. Giving him that head’s up and allowing him the offseason to go out and prepare to be an outfielder, come into camp, get the reps in the outfield that will prepare him better for the season.”

Swisher has played some outfield this season, including starts in each of the last two games, but hasn’t played there regularly since 2012, his last season with the Yankees. The 33-year-old will be entering the second year of a four-year, $56 million contract signed with the Indians in December 2012.

  1. masgaul - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Reblogged this on MASGAUL™.

    • slartibartfast4242 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:51 PM


  2. serbingood - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Ah, but will the outfield that he will be playing be in Cleveland?

  3. bronx77 - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Isn’t he going to enter his third year?

    • twinfan24 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      I wondered that same thing if this is his second season as the Indians first baseman.

  4. slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Great,you have a statue at 1B,let’s move him to the OF..

    Tito has to be saying”what,wait a minute,you want to do WHAT”?

  5. bronx77 - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    I watched the game tonight and Michael Kay touched on it, but this guy seriously looks unhappy. He is going through a major slump season, but even in his low points of the past he usually has a smile on. I wonder if he regrets going to Cleveland. Not that the Yanks made a comparable offer.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      Yes because the Yanks are the answer to everything.”just wearing the pinstripes is akin to batting 400″,”if he would have accepted a crappy offer he would have 50 Hr’s”,”if he was not so greedy he would have had another ring”.

      Is the echo chamber of that team over- ride all common sense?

    • genericcommenter - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:32 AM

      Being the President of BROhio ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.

    • rogerisdead - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      No one made him a comparable offer because the tribe gave him 5 million more per year than any other team. Our front office is terrible.That’s the real issue. If the hadn’t blown 13 of the last 14 drafts and if the knew how to make trades then they wouldn’t need to overpay washups like Bourne and Swisher . Yeah they lucked out on Kluber and Brantley but they were “players to be named” so like I said lucky. If they can’t field better players than Ryan Raburn, Dickerson, José Ramirez , josh Tomlin, Zach McAllister etc etc etc then the tribe is doomed. Changes need to be made like yesterday.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      I always had the impression of Swisher that he was a decent player on good teams. But, he always had the smile(smirk) as if he was the reason those teams were good teams, not the reality that he was the 7th or 8th best player on those teams.

  6. montrealknowledge - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    I need to trade Beltran in MLB2K12.

    • renaado - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:36 AM

      LOL, It’s 2014 now.

      • lyon810 - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        I still play MVP Baseball 2005 (2008 version)

  7. Mikhel - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:37 AM


  8. kraa0901 - Aug 9, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Take a guy out of a little league size field (Yankee Stadium) and his numbers plummet? Couldn’t see that coming!

    See Robinson Cano for further verification of my argent.

  9. kraa0901 - Aug 9, 2014 at 3:36 AM


    • ptfu - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:39 AM

      I like it better as “argent.” The well-paid Cano is an expert on that subject too.

  10. bmadormo - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    Swish’s line looks like he thinks he’s playing in the playoffs. He’s not a Yankee because he was dreadful in the playoffs.

  11. pisano - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    In reality, I’ll bet the Indians would rather move him out the door for good.

  12. phan216 - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Get this bum out of here! The most overrated overpaid cheerleader in professional sports…….Bro. Perhaps my least favorite athlete in my history of Cleveland sports. Hate this guy……Bro. His whole schtick is absolutely nauseating. Bro.

  13. pisano - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    @phan216….That’s exactly the way I felt when he was in New York, and he had career years there. The guys a total clown, and as you stated he think he’s a cheerleader. I honestly feel your pain, hopefully there’s some way Cleveland can move him, I’d love to see him get stuck in Boston, they deserve each other.

  14. balsagna - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Who is Chris Antonelli?

  15. bronx77 - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    @slappy who said that wearing pinstripes was the answer? I said that maybe he regrets going to the Indians. That doesn’t mean he couldn’t have gone to one of the 28 other teams. And yes I realize the CLE was the highest bidder. You are assuming a Yankee fan feels the way you speak. You are wrong sir. He was trash in the post season and that’s why they let him go. I was just speaking to how he was visibly not the same happy player he has always been.

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