The Indians woo Nick Swisher like he’s a high school quarterback


Nick Swisher is taking a “sign me, brah!” tour and is meeting with the Indians today. And apparently this is happening:

Why do I think most teams wouldn’t do this? At least not for someone who is less than a top shelf superstar?  Brandon McCarthy sums it up nicely:


It does seem a bit silly. But at least the Tribe is giving him the full in-season experience. You know, what with an empty stadium and all.

Indians release Mike Napoli

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The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.

This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.

Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.