The Indians also are making a run at right-hander Edwin Jackson, but probably cannot sign both him and Swisher, according to major-league sources.
The Indians have recently been tied to free agent outfielder Nick Swisher, but their interest in the slugger apparently hasn’t stopped them from pursuing Jackson. Rosenthal notes that the Indians "probably cannot sign both" players this winter.
The Indians have shown a willingness to spend this offseason, as they extended a four-year, $44 million offer to free agent outfielder Shane Victorino before he signed with the Boston Red Sox. Cleveland's current list of starting pitcher options includes Trevor Bauer, David Huff, Ubaldo Jimenez, Zach McAllister and Corey Kluber.
As recently as this morning it was reported that the Cubs were making strong progress on a four-year, $52 million agreement with Jackson. Chicago has already signed Scott Baker, Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva this offseason.
Jackson maintained an ERA of 4.03 over 31 starts for the Washington Nationals last season. The 29-year-old owns a career ERA of 4.40 over 10 seasons at the major league level.