CLEVELAND - Sports Director Andy Baskin has confirmed that former Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher has agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians took a unique approach in negotiating with Swisher, enlisting in the help of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Swisher, an OSU alumnus, had lunch with Indians officials and former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and 92.3 The Fan's and former OSU Buckeye Dustin Fox.
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Swisher's deal is pending on a physical after the holidays.
The 32-year-old Swisher spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees and took advantage of the short porch at Yankee Stadium. A switch-hitter who plays outfield and first base, he hit .272 this year with 24 homers and 93 RBIs.
His agreement was first reported by the New York Daily News.