The Tribe’s busy offseason marches on, as Paul Hoynes is reporting that OF Nick Swisher will visit Progressive Field this week:
Swisher is the next big outfielder on the free-agent market following Josh Hamilton’s signing with the Angels last week. The Indians have been negotiating with him for much of the winter and he’s scheduled to visit Progressive Field on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Indians have two starting outfielders in Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs, acquired last week from the Reds. They need a third and Swisher could be the man, but he will not come cheaply. The Tribe made a four-year, $44 million bid to Shane Victorino at the winter meetings, but it’s going to take more to get Swisher.
Swisher, who played baseball at Ohio State, hit .272 (146-for-537) in 2012 for the Yankees with 36 doubles, 24 homers and 93 RBI. Texas, Seattle and Baltimore have also expressed interest in Swisher.
I like a lot of things about Swisher; his power, his clubhouse presence, the fact that he went to Ohio State, etc. But I’m a bit worried about his age. Swisher turned 32 in November and I can’t help but be concerned about offering a multi-year contract to a guy in his 30s. Still, Swisher hits for power and lord do the Indians need an outfielder with some pop in his bat.