MLB Rumors: Should Nick Swisher Go to the Texas Rangers?

12/20/12 in MLB   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

Nick Swisher, now that top-tier players have been picked off the free agent market, is currently weighing the three or four teams interested in his switch-hitting services.
 
Where will he go? 
 
Well, how about Texas? 
Oct 16, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher before game three of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.  Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports 
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.
Aug 26, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan (left) and Texas Rangers executive Jim Sundberg (right) watch play during the eighth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark. The Twins beat the Rangers 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
 
 












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12/21/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

He should go where there will be no chance of postseason pressure. One of the worst postseason hitters of all-time.