Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are considering training Nick Swisher “for another player with an inflated contract.” I like challenge trades like that, but I think there are some larger implications here.
Last year the Indians selected a “Governor of Brohio” as a Swisher tie-in. What becomes of him? I think, per the constitution of the State of Brohio, that guy actually becomes the Tribe’s starting first baseman if Swisher is unable to perform his duties.
And where would you trade Swisher anyway? BroYork? Broladelphia? Broakland? Chicagbro? To the Baltimore Broioles? If you’re doing a challenge trade that might work as the Indians could get Ubaldbro Jimenez back, but they let him go a year ago for pete’s sake.
At this point I think it’d be hard to move Swisher. Especially with that contract. Maybe if he waived the $30 million he was owed and requested free agency he could persuade a team in Bropan to sign him. Like, say, the Hiroshima Broyo Carp. Or the Brokohama Bay Stars.
No, he’d never sign with the Bromiuri Giants. That organization is far too conservative to be interested in Swisher. Let’s not be silly here.