Privately, the Red Sox have said they won't go beyond a three-year deal for Hamilton, and Monday a baseball source it was "doubtful" that Hamilton will get fewer than four years in a new deal. ...Swisher is a consistently good hitter, with an OPS+ in the 120s in each of his four seasons with the Yankees (and a .367 OBP). But I'd rather not have to root for him.
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. ...
The Red Sox, of course, would only sign him for a shorter term, as is the case with their interest in Hamilton.
December 11, 2012
Edes: Sox Looking at Swisher If They Can't Lure Hamilton
Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox are interested in signing Nick Swisher if they cannot lure Josh Hamilton to Boston.
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