The Cleveland Indians have made a splash into the free agent market, agreeing to a contract with outfielder Nick Swisher, according to the New York Daily News.
The deal is reportedly a four year contract worth $56 million, with a $14 million vesting option in 2017, making the contract worth up to $70 million.
The 32-year outfielder, who played baseball at Ohio State University, paid a visit to Cleveland earlier this week, and was given the superstar treatment by the Indians front office, in hopes of convincing him that a homecoming would be the best decision for himself and his family.
Swisher had dinner Monday with President Mark Shapiro and General Manager Chris Antonetti, followed by a tour of Progressive Field, the Tribe’s locker room, and their facilities on Tuesday. The tour also included Swisher appearing on the scoreboard as a member of the Indians, playing right field and batting fourth. Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, basketball coach Thad Matta and baseball coach coach Greg Beals also sent a video message to Swisher, encouraging him to sign with Cleveland.
Swisher is expected to play right field, replacing Shin-Soo Choo, who was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds last week in a three team trade that saw the Indians acquire outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds and pitcher Trevor Bauer from the Diamondbacks.
Last season, Swisher played in 148 games for the New York Yankees, posting a .272/.364/.473 line with 24 home runs.