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The switch-hitting Swisher would appear to be a more plausible alternative for the Sox, although to date he reportedly is seeking a five- or six-year deal. ESPN baseball Insider's Jim Bowden reported that the Indians hope they can sign him for four years and $48 million to $50 million, though it appears the market could bear a price of $60 million or more. The Red Sox would sign him only for a shorter term, as is the case with their interest in Hamilton. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said at the conclusion of the winter meetings last week that the team was looking for a left-handed bat, someone who could play the outfield or first base. Swisher plays both.
Swisher hit .272 with 24 homers, 93 RBIs and an .837 OPS for the Yankees last season. The consistent and durable Swisher has had eight straight seasons with 20 or more homers and 131 or more games played. In 50 career games at Fenway Park, Swisher batted .286 with eight homers and 32 RBIs.