Cleveland (WOIO) - The Indians and free agent outfielder Nick Swisher have agreed to a four-year deal worth $56 million with an option for a fifth year worth $14 million if he meets certain contract criteria.
The deal won't be official until Swisher takes a physical, which likely won't be until January. The Indians will also lose their second round pick in June's draft.
The deal was first reported by Mark Fiensand of the New York Daily News.
The new Indians outfielder tweeted, "Wow! What a crazy few weeks. Hey Cleveland! Are you ready? Because I'm coming home! #RollTribe," on Sunday morning.
Swisher, who played with the New York Yankees the last four seasons, hit .272 with 24 homers and 93 RBI's in 2012. He is a career .256 hitter with 209 home runs and 673 RBI's in nine seasons in the majors.
The Columbus native played at Ohio State, and the Indians used that to recruit him earlier this week. The Indians invited former Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel to lunch with Swisher and his wife when the outfielder was in town to visit with Tribe brass.
The $70 million contract is the fifth highest given to a free agent this winter.
The Indians outfield will have newly acquired Drew Stubbs, who the Indians acquired in the Shin-Soo Choo trade, and Swisher join Michael Brantley.
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