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By TOM WITHERS | Associated Press
CLEVELAND -- The Indians' pitch to bring Nick Swisher "home" worked.
Two people familiar with the negotiations said Swisher has agreed to a $56 million, four-year contract with the Indians, who used the free agent outfielder's deep Ohio connections to convince him to join the club. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because Swisher must take a physical before the deal can be finalized. The Indians are expected to announce Swisher's signing after Christmas, one of the people said.
The Indians will not comment until Swisher completes his physical.
"Wow! What a crazy few weeks," Swisher said on Twitter. "Hey Cleveland! Are you ready? Because I'm coming home!"
Swisher's deal includes a $14 million option for 2017 that could become guaranteed based on plate appearances the previous year.
The 32-year-old Swisher spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees. A switch-hitter, Swisher hit .272 this season with 24 homers and 93 RBI.
Swisher will fill an outfield hole for the Indians, who traded Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati.
Swisher played college baseball at Ohio State.