The Indians are thinking of trading Nick Swisher. This is a big problem.

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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.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

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Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.