Nick Swisher Signs with Indians

I know many Mets fans were hoping to get Nick Swisher under the Christmas tree, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Off the heels of Arizona swiping Cody Ross from under their nose, the Mets lost the switch-hitting Swisher to another big-market club, the Cleveland Indians.

Cleveland, of course, has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River, Playhouse Square Center, Drew Carey, and ALMOST FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE living in the city — how the heck is a small-town team like the Mets supposed to compete with that?

Swisher gets four years, $56M to return close to home (he was born in Columbus, OH).

With Swisher off the table, I know what Mets fans are thinking: “let’s bring back Lastings Milledge!” Unfortunately, the Yakult Swallows locked up L Millz for the next three years for $4.4M (plus an option).

But no worries — even though the Yankees, Braves, Phillies, Tigers, Cardinals, and a few other clubs have been kicking the tires on Scott Hairston, Wallace Matthews of ESPN is reporting that Hairston (known to some fans as “Hariston” or “Harrison”) would prefer to sign with the Mets and play every day. Whew!

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Dan B December 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    Yakult is a big market team? How can they afford to pay an outfielder more then $1.1 million a year? I wish the Mets could afford that.
  2. friend December 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm
    Ryan Freel might just fit the budget.
    • Walnutz15 December 27, 2012 at 9:22 am
      Aww man, too soon!

      Freel was a pretty messed-up dude. Didn’t realize he had so many concussions, not to mention – an imaginary friend that told him what to do!


  3. Walnutz15 December 27, 2012 at 9:20 am
    Nick Swisher makes $14MM a year. Whattaworld.

    Thank God he’s not a Met.