July 26, 2014

Bowden: Swisher giving “serious consideration” to Indians’ offer

ESPN’s Jim Bowen tweets that OF Nick Swisher is mulling the Tribe’s offer:

The Tribe made their pitch to the former Ohio State outfielder on Tuesday and Swisher visited other teams throughout the rest of the week. If you weren’t aware, Swisher is married to actress JoAnna Garcia, most recently of Animal Practice and Royal Pains (full IMDB: here). Last season with the Yankees, Swisher batted .272 (OPS .837) with 24 home runs, 36 doubles and 93 RBI.

[Related: The Indians' Offseason Hunt for a Veteran Starting Pitcher]

  • mgbode

    All I want for Xmas is swish and a starting pitcher

  • mgbode

    Can someone explain to me why the dbacks signed cody ross?

  • FearTheRoo

    But Swisher did pitch in the MLB before. Chances are his pitching ability is probably better than anyone else the Indians would sign!

  • WFNYJon

    Let me preface this by saying I don’t think they’ll do this, but….

    A Cody Ross/Jason Kubel platoon would be re-gosh-darn-diculous (tmesis!!) for the price. Using them against opposite handed pitchers would basically give you a .900 OPS right fielder for about $14 million, or $3 million less than Matt Holiday makes for reasonably similar production.

    The rub, of course, is that neither Kubel nor Ross agreed to participate in a platoon. And that’s not likely something you want to spring on a veteran player during spring training.

    Again, I don’t like the deal. But the platoon idea is remotely interesting.

  • Kildawg

    Hopefully we land Swish, and I think the Indians idea of adding a SP is most likely someone similar to Kazmir, who we signed to a minor-league deal. Saunders would look good in our rotation though.

  • ABC88

    “Serious consideration”
    Last time I heard those words was when my ex-girlfriend was deciding to come back to me.

  • mgbode

    interesting. and the players only recourse would be to complain to Kirk Gibson, which is a frightening proposition.
    i think they are hoping to trade some OF though