For the last eight seasons, Nick Swisher has homered at least 20 times in all of them. However, as the calendar moves to January, Swisher finds himself without an MLB home. The Cleveland Indians are reportedly interested in Swisher as the Tribe offered a 4-year deal worth around $13M a season. Amidst the MLB Hot stove carousel Swisher has hinted at wanting to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers. With a jam-packed outfield as is, I have my doubts that the Dodgers would pull the trigger. On the other hand, the Texas Rangers are said to be in the hunt. Keep an eye out for the Rangers, who have been unusually quiet in the 2012 off-season.
With Josh Hamilton leaving for the divison rival Los Angeles Angels, the Rangers find themselves behind the eight-ball in the outfield. With RBI machine Adrian Beltre still lurking in the middle of this Texas lineup, Swisher would be able to pick up some of the slack left by Hamilton. Not to mention, this right handed-heavy lineup could be given a boost as Swisher can hit from both sides of the dish. In addition, Swisher can be stretched very thin in an already potent lineup. A potential, LF, RF, DH, or 1B Swisher would give Manager Ron Washington an ace in his sleeve at all time.
Production-wise, Swisher is no slouch. Two years removed from a 29HR and 89 RBI all star season, Ranger fans would welcome those numbers in a hitter-friendly ballpark in Arlington. 2012 saw Swisher tie a career-high in both RBI (95) and 2B’s (36), all along with a .272. average. His offensive prowess could only help a depleted Rangers squad.
More importantly, Swisher has not been placed on the disabled list since 2005. A veteran run-producer who doesn’t miss time sounds like a great pickup for a team who has lost key contributors like Mike Napoli, Michael Young and Hamilton. Look for Texas to make a move on the switch-hitting all-star.