Nick Swisher officially signs deal with Indians
Thursday, January 3, 2013
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Nick Swisher is officially with the Cleveland Indians.
Swisher passed his physical Thursday and signed the four-year, $56 million, free-agent contract he agreed to last month. The 32-year-old Swisher, who spent the past four seasons with the New York Yankees, will be introduced at a news conference later at Progressive Field. Swisher's deal includes a vesting option based on plate appearances for 2017.
After trading Shin-Soo Choo last month, the Indians were desperate for a proven right fielder. They pursued Shane Victorino at the winter meetings, but after he signed with Boston, the Indians turned their attention to Swisher, who batted .272 with 24 homers and 93 RBIs last season.
A switch-hitter, Swisher should provide power and versatility to new manager Terry Francona's lineup. The Indians only hit 136 homers last season.