Red Sox rumors: Boston in ongoing negotiations with Nick Swisher

Nick Laham

The Red Sox are still on the hunt for corner outfield help.

The Red Sox signed veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes last Wednesday on a two-year, $10 million deal, but are not done shopping for outfield upgrades. Boston is in continuing discussions with free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

The Red Sox have had ongoing negotiations with Swisher and his agents.

Swisher would be more than adequate as a replacement for Cody Ross. He is a switch hitter and has a much better on-base percentage (.361 career)...

He would also be a good clubhouse presence and seems to fit Boston’s lineup well.

Swisher, 32, spent the last four seasons patrolling right field for the Yankees, hitting .268/.367/.483 and averaging roughly twenty-five home runs a year. It was rumored in August that the switch-hitting Swisher was seeking a contract in the Jayson Werth range of seven years and $126 million, but it remains to be seen whether any team would be willing to give Swisher that kind of money.

Boston made a run at re-signing Ross before he hit the open market, but his three-year, $25 million asking price was likely too high for Sox's liking, so the club may view Swisher as a better option.

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