Rumor: Indians one of several clubs interested in Swisher

The Indians have been looking to upgrade their outfield and one of the options they considered is Nick Swisher, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

A trade of Swisher seems very unlikely this offseason though. The biggest problem is that it would be hard to get a return on Swish that would make it worth trading him. They might consider a deal for Fausto Carmona or Justin Masterson, but neither would be much of a rotation upgrade that it would be worth dealing Swisher and then turning around and searching for his replacement.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that teams are interested in Swisher either, but again it’s going to be hard to find a trade scenario that would make both teams happy. Especially now that Carlos Beltran, who signed with the Cardinals, is off the market, the Yankees would have to surrender prospects to find his replacement anyway. Why not just cut out the middleman and deal the prospects for pitching? Exactly.

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7 Responses to Rumor: Indians one of several clubs interested in Swisher

  1. John says:

    Great point. I think this is Rosenthal pulling stuff out of his rear to get web hits. Some writers do that. He had been wrong all winter. If they had a guy to step up in RF it would be different. Unless Montero is an undercover outfielder. Swisher is a clown but he isnt going anywhere.

  2. Mike Sommer says:

    Montero is way too slow to play the OF, and hasn't played any games there in his minor league career.

  3. John says:

    I know thats why I said there is noone to replace swisher in the system.

  4. Mickeyd7 says:

    Cleveland needs a RF and they like Swisher, the Yankees would like to upgrade their SP maybe we up the ante with the Indians or get a third team involved like the Braves. I like Swisher but if the Yankees can get a legit number 2 SP for Swisher and two good proapects like Phelps, and Romine plus Nick make the deal. It is easier to plug in a RF than to get a legit number 2 SP.

  5. John says:

    I think wed miss Swisher’s clutch postseason hitting too much.

    • David K. says:

      Yeah, who else is going to supply that much needed strikeout with two outs and runners on first and third? Well, we do have Teixeira, who is even better than Swisher at striking out in pressure situations.

  6. hotdog says:

    Swisher worried me last season with his hitting against righties. He brings a lot to the team but he's an easy out unless he's facing lefties.