With Nick Swisher officially inked with the Tribe for four years and 56 million, both Indians fans and players have some restored hope. Swisher became the highest paid free agent in Indians history, and the Ohio State alumni appears to be excited about coming home.
Swisher will replace Shin-Soo Choo in right field, and will surely be relied upon manager Terry Francona to set a good example for the younger players. Swisher has always played hard with a good attitude, and this will hopefully rub off on the younger core players.
It has been well documented on how the Tribe fan base has felt toward the current Indians regime, and with Chris Perez speaking on behalf of his teammates last season on his displeasure of the front office, the pressure to make serious moves only grew larger.
Terry Francona was a great start, and they have shown that was only the beginning of an eventful off season.
The starting rotation still needs another impactful arm or two, but one thing is for certain, the leading home run hitter for the Tribe will have more than 18, the most hit for Cleveland in 2012.
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