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The Boston Red Sox have been in constant communication with the ex-New York Yankees first baseman/outfielder about contract negotiations, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
Nick Swisher is one of the best options this offseason and the Red Sox need to fill the holes where he can fit in perfectly.
Swisher can hit for power and can get on base enough to make up for his decent batting average. But what really makes him stand out is his ability to hit from both sides of the plate.
Sure, he is better suited from the left-handed side of the plate with his 19 home runs in 2012, but he can still be used when the time comes as a right-handed batter.
This will make it possible for the Red Sox to keep him in there in the later innings when the bullpens are going to be used to win the game. It doesn’t mean that he will be able to win the game for the Sox every time, but just being able to use both sides of the plate make him an upgrade over Carl Crawford, or even Cody Ross.
Let’s put the four horrible postseasons with the Yankees behind the 32-year-old because a new page can be turned when he starts in the postseason with his new team. He averaged 26.25 homers and 87.25 RBI in his four years with the Yankees while hitting .267.
Now, the Red Sox may not be heading to the playoffs in 2013, but they could be there in the next several seasons if they play their cards right.
Swisher can be that guy that can solidify this lineup with his ability to walk in clutch situations or even just get that big home run in the seventh inning to tie the game. All this can be used to make a statement here in Boston to rectify his postseason career.
The Red Sox’ chemistry is something that had been a problem since September 2011 and guys such as Cody Ross and Nick Swisher have the kind of clubhouse energy that you pay extra for in the long run.
Yes, Swisher is looking for a long-term deal that could be equal to Jayson Werth-money, but he won’t get that with the Red Sox.
The 32-year-old will need to take a little less money to go to the Red Sox since they are trying to make some moves that will put them back in the postseason hunt. Swisher’s agent may barter some, but, in the end, the Sox will get their man at the price that they want to pay.