Indians reportedly continue chase of free agent Nick Swisher

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Record-Courier staff report

The Cleveland Indians appear to not be done making off-season moves.

The latest push by the organization is to make a deal with veteran outfielder Nick Swisher, who was reportedly in Cleveland on Monday.

Swisher, a free agent that has played the last four seasons with the New York Yankees, is also being courted by Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Texas and Baltimore. Earlier this off-season, Swisher received a qualifying offer from the Yanks, so any deal by another team would require draft pick compensation.

It is believed that the Indians would float a four-year deal at Swisher worth approximately $48 million. Cleveland offered free agent Shane Victorino a four-year deal worth about $44 million earlier this month, but he turned it down to sign for less money in Boston.

The switch-hitting Swisher finished the 2012 season with a .272 batting average, 24 HRs, 93 RBI, 36 doubles, 75 runs scored and 146 hits. He struck out 141 times and had a .364 on-base percentage. He is a nine-year veteran from Ohio State University and has played previously with the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox. He has hit 20 or more home runs for the last eight years -- with the only year he didn't reach that mark was his rookie season in Oakland when he appeared in only 20 games (2 HRs, 8 RBI).

Cleveland recently signed veteran power hitter Mark Reynolds to a one-year, $6-million deal. Reynolds, entering his seventh season in baseball, has 181 career home runs. Since entering the league 2007 with Arizona, he hit 17, 28, 44, 32 and 37 homers, respectively, with the Diamondbacks. Last year with Baltimore, Reynolds hit 23 long balls.

Reynolds led the National League in strikeouts in each season between 2008 and 2011, averaging 209 per season.

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