MLB Rumors: Should Nick Swisher Go to the Texas Rangers?
Where will he go?
Well, how about Texas?
According to reports, Swisher, who visited the Cleveland Indians yesterday, was not too swayed by the team's offer (somewhere in the $13 million range) and he will be looking at other deals from other teams. (h/t Mike Feinsand via Twitter)
One such team on Swisher’s wish list, reportedly, is the Los Angeles Dodgers. But I wouldn't hold my breath. While the team could make a move with André Eithier, and we now know the Dodgers don't mind spending money at all, the deal most likely won't happen.
Unless Swisher's significant other is banking on a Reba reunion gig—making Los Angeles an easier commute—I would expect this option to fizzle rather quickly.
That leaves the Texas Rangers. And, assuming you read my last scribbled chatter, this would be the perfect fit (and a need) that could bring the Rangers from a questionable offseason...to a less-questionable offseason.
According to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler, the Rangers have shown interest in Swisher's services.
Swisher, although not as media- or fan-hyped, would easily fit into the Rangers' lineup. His 28/HR per year average over a nine-year career would bring the hope of a power source to a club that likes "power sources."
Perhaps, if wisher can rebound in a new environment, he will be the perfect replacement to another free agent outfielder the Rangers missed in B.J. Upton; and, better yet, Swishers numbers are better than Upton’s, minus the age factor.
But age shouldn't matter; more home runs (209 to 118), RBI (673 to 447) and runs scored (684 to 539) does matter.
In fact, that difference in numbers actually makes Upton look overrated when compared to Swisher. Regardless if Swisher has played one more year, unless Upton goes on a 100 home run, 200-plus RBI campaign for the Braves in 2013, he has been the better player.
And how would that look if Texas, knocked down by not getting any players this offseason, landed Swisher?
Much like the Reba reunion—love those redheads?—Swisher in Texas would be interesting to watch.