The Boston Red Sox made the first splash of the MLB Winter Meetings by coming to an agreement with free agent catcher Mike Napoli. With that deal getting done, the Red Sox are moving on to their outfield problems, as the team is still talking to free agent outfielder Nick Swisher.
Swisher is expected to require a four year deal for about $50 million or so. He is coming off four seasons with the rival New York Yankees, batting .268/.367/.483 with 105 home runs and 349 RBI. However, Swisher came under fire with the fans when he struggled mildly in the postseason. Swisher’s 5-for-30 performance against the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles in the playoffs did not cut it. Swisher was not happy with what Yankees’ fans were saying and was offended by their booing at the games.
Boston is not the only team that is in on Swisher, which could make things more complicated. There are a number of clubs that are interested in Swisher’s services. If Boston cannot sign him, the team also has other options in the outfield to look at. The team is still interested in Cody Ross and is even interested in outfielder Shane Victorino to fill the void in the outfield.
Once Josh Hamilton signs, the market for Swisher will be more clearer and he would be able to get a deal done faster. However, when Hamilton signs is a story in its own right.