The Cleveland Indians are in need of a third starting outfielder, and they are reportedly pursuing Ohio native Nick Swisher in free agency.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Swisher will reportedly visit the Indians Tuesday or Wednesday this week.
"The Indians have two starting outfielders in Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs, acquired last week from the Reds," Hoynes writes. "They need a third and Swisher could be the man, but he will not come cheaply. The Tribe made a four-year, $44 million bid to Shane Victorino at the winter meetings, but it's going to take more to get Swisher."
Swisher has played the last four seasons with the New York Yankees, seeing action at first base, all three outfield spots and designated hitter. He hit .272 with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs last season.
Swisher was born in Columbus, Ohio, and played college baseball for Ohio State University.