Now with Brandon Moss, the Indians would like to trade Nick Swisher

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In his latest column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo writes that the Indians would like to trade Nick Swisher now that they have Brandon Moss in the mix. The Tribe traded minor league infielder Joe Wendle to the Athletics to acquire the slugger on December 8.

Cafardo notes that the Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles, Padres, Brewers, and Cubs may be interested at the right price. Swisher is owed $15 million for each of the next two seasons, and the Indians would have to eat a significant portion of that to make a trade seem enticing. Swisher, who recently turned 34 years old, batted a meager .208/.278/.331 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 401 plate appearances last season.

Max Scherzer, with broken nose, strikes out 10 Phillies over seven shutout innings

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.

Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.

Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.