Swisher signs with Indians
One-time Mariner Ibanez returns to Seattle with 1-year, $2.75 million deal.
The Indians’ pitch to bring Nick Swisher “home” worked.
Two people familiar with the negotiations said Swisher has agreed to a $56 million, four-year contract with the Indians, who used the free agent outfielder’s deep Ohio connections to convince him to join the club. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because Swisher must take a physical before the deal can be finalized. The Indians are expected to announce Swisher’s signing after Christmas, one of the people said.
The Indians will not comment until Swisher completes his physical.
“Wow! What a crazy few weeks,” Swisher said on Twitter. “Hey Cleveland! Are you ready? Because I’m coming home!”
Swisher’s deal includes a $14 million option for 2017 that could become guaranteed based on plate appearances the previous year.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was excited about the club’s newest addition.
“Welcome to the Tribe (at)nickswisher, pumped to get ya,” Kipnis tweeted.
The 32-year-old Swisher spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees, taking advantage of the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium. A switch-hitter, Swisher hit .272 this season with 24 homers and 93 RBIs.
Swisher will fill an outfield hole for the Indians, who traded Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati. Swisher will play right, with recently acquired Drew Stubbs likely taking over in center with Michael Brantley shifting from center to left field.
Mariners: Raul Ibanez and Seattle agreed to a $2.75 million, oneyear contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The deal allows Ibanez to earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.
The outfielder/designated hitter returns to the team he began his big league career with from 1996-00, then rejoined from 2004-08.
Ibanez, 40, spent the past season with the Yankees. Ibanez hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 384 at-bats.
Reds: Ryan Freel, a former Major League Baseball player known for his fearless play but whose career was cut short after eight seasons by a series of head and other injuries, was found dead Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Freel, who was 36, died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound, sheriff’s office spokesman Shannon Hartley wrote in an email Sunday. The medical examiner will make the final determination of the cause of death.
“RIP Ryan Freel!! Great teammate, great guy,n loved his family!” former Cincinnati Reds teammate Sean Casey tweeted. “Such a sad day today with his passing!Awful news!Prayers are with his family!”
The speedy Freel spent six of his eight big league seasons with the Reds and finished his career in 2009 with a .268 average.