With the Angels inking Josh Hamilton to a five-year deal and things with catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli apparently hitting a snag, the Boston Red Sox may look to pick up their pursuit of free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher. That may not be in the club's best interest, however, as Swisher has "never viewed Boston as a likely landing spot," reports Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
We are left to blindly speculate as to why Swisher does not view Boston as a "likely landing spot," which could come down to a whole host of reasons.
The veteran right fielder is drawing interest from several clubs -- including the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies -- but is not believed to be anywhere close to a deal with any of his six pursuers. Swisher is reportedly in the market for a five- or six-year deal, but may have trouble finding anyone willing to go that long-term with the offseason's biggest outfield free agent -- Hamilton -- settling for five years.
Our own Steph Bee took a look at Swisher's options yesterday and concluded that the 32-year-old switch-hitter may be the Rangers' best bet to replace Hamilton's production in the Arlington outfield.