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Indians add Swisher

11:40 AM, Dec 23, 2012   |    comments
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Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Nick Swisher is headed back home.

The Cleveland Indians and the Ohio native have agreed to a contract, reportedly worth $56 million over four years.

According to the New York Daily News, the deal for the former Yankee includes a vesting option for 2017 at $14 million that could make the entire package worth $70 million.

Swisher, who was born in Columbus and attended Ohio State, visited the Indians earlier this week.

"Wow! What a crazy few weeks," Swisher said on Sunday via Twitter. "Hey Cleveland! Are you ready? Because I'm coming home!"

The 32-year-old veteran spent the past four seasons with the Yankees and helped New York to its last World Series title in 2009. He batted .272 with 24 homers and 93 runs batted in last season.

"Thank you NY for the kindness & support you've shown me the past 4 years," Swisher also tweeted. "It's been an amazing experience & I've loved every minute of it!"

Except, maybe, for the final few games.

A fan favorite for much of his four years in the Bronx, Swisher was unhappy after Yankee fans again criticized his lack of postseason success. He was just 5-for-30 in eight playoff games in 2012, and batted just .162 in 36 postseason games for the Yankees.

Swisher is a career .256 hitter with 209 homers, 673 RBI and a .361 on-base percentage in 1,209 games over nine big league seasons. He broke in with Oakland in 2004 and spent four seasons with the Athletics before playing one year with the White Sox.

Boston, Texas and Seattle were also reportedly bidding for Swisher, who has belted at least 20 homers in each of his eight full big league seasons.

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