MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are trying to trade outfielder Nick Swisher. This comes as no surprise as the club has sold off most of its remaining assets already this offseason, having previously dealt shortstop Andrelton Simmons, outfielder Cameron Maybin, and starter Shelby Miller.
The Braves acquired Swisher along with outfielder Michael Bourn from the Indians this past August in exchange for infielder Chris Johnson. The Braves owe Swisher the balance of his $16 million salary for the 2016 season, some of which is being paid for by the Indians, who sent $10 million to the Braves along with the two players. Bowman notes that the Braves would have to cover a large portion of Swisher’s remaining salary in order to facilitate a trade.
Swisher, 35, hit a paltry .196/.312/.320 with six home runs and 25 RBI between the Indians and the Braves. It marked his second consecutive season with dismal numbers, including a combined -2.4 WAR, according to Baseball Reference. Only Will Middlebrooks (-2.5) has been less valuable. Ryan Howard is tied wish Swisher at -2.4.