Nick Swisher 1B/RF.. CLE Dec 23 '12
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Indians have signed Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million contract.
The deal also includes a $14 million option for 2017 that will vest based on his number of plate appearances in 2016. The Rangers, Mariners and Red Sox had also been linked to Swisher, but the Indians had been looking like the favorites to land him for a while. He'll assume Shin-Soo Choo's old position in right field, with Drew Stubbs handling center and Michael Brantley left. Swisher has been a consistent power bat over the last seven seasons, averaging 26.6 home runs while just once posting an OPS south of .822.