4 year 56 mil. Wow
Indians, Nick Swisher agree to deal
ESPN.com news services | December 23, 2012
Outfielder Nick Swisher has agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, a source told ESPN.
The contract also includes a $14 million option for a fifth season that will "easily vest, the source said, making the potential total value of the contract $70 million.
Swisher's contract agreement was earlier reported by the New York Daily News.
The 32-year-old Swisher spent the past four seasons with the New York Yankees.
He would immediately fill a hole in right field for Cleveland, which traded Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati this month and has been trying to improve a team that collapsed in August and finished 68-94.
A switch-hitter, Swisher batted .272 with 24 homers and 93 RBIs in 148 games last season, his fourth with the Yankees.
The Indians have been in the market for an outfielder throughout the offseason. They offered Shane Victorino a four-year contract worth a reported $44 million before he signed a three-year, $39 million deal with Boston.
He and his wife, actress JoAnna Garcia, who is expecting the couple's first child in May, were at Progressive Field on Dec. 18 for a tour of the team's facilities, including the club's family room and a lunch with manager Terry Francona, team executives and former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.
Swisher and his wife were shown a suite and the team's clubhouse before the Indians tugged at Swisher's Ohio State connections to convince him Cleveland should be his next baseball home. Swisher played baseball for the Buckeyes.
The Indians played a video on their scoreboard that featured current Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and basketball coach Thad Matta, who encouraged Swisher to join the Indians. Swisher was moved by the gesture and didn't expect to see Tressel at lunch in the stadium's Terrace Club.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.