Free agent outfielder Nick Swisher looks to be ready to trade his New York Yankees pinstripes in for some red socks and red lettering. The Boston Red Sox and Swisher are in ongoing discussions to agree to a contract. Swisher has been targeted by the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers but it looks like the Red Sox could have a chance at signing him.
The Red Sox and Swisher’s agent have been trying to hammer out the details of a possible contract over the past few weeks. The organization views Swisher as a large upgrade over Cody Ross, whom the team failed to reach a contract with despite long negotiations that started in July.
Swisher’s last days with the Yankees included Yankee fans booing him so much that Swisher felt discouraged and lashed out against the fans in the media. Swisher was traded away by the Chicago White Sox to the Yankees in 2009. Swisher batted .268/.367/.483 with 105 home runs and 349 RBI in his four seasons with the team. In the playoffs, he was batting .161 for his Yankees career (21-for-130), that is where it hurt the most. Swisher, like most of the Yankees lineup, could not hit in the postseason.
He is expected to land a big deal from any team that tries to sign him; he could get close to a four year, $60 million deal, much lower from the original price of seven years, $126 million that was once thought.
The Red Sox signed Jonny Gomes earlier in the week to a two-year, $10 million deal reassuring the team’s depth in the outfield.
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