Another Yankees lefty swinger departs

Another Yankees lefty swinger departs
December 23, 2012, 10:00 pm

Joining Raul Ibanez in departing New York, Yankees free agent Nick Swisher agreed to a deal with the Indians Sunday. The New York Daily News reported it’s a four-year contract for $5 million.

Ibanez agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners a day before, FoxSports.com reported.

The Indians, appealing to Swisher’s alum roots in Columbus, brought in former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel to help recruit during Swisher’s visit to Cleveland and played a video on the Progressive Field scoreboard featuring current Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer and basketball coach Thad Matta.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have brought back Ichiro Suzuki, reaching agreement with him last week, but otherwise reportedly want a right-handed bat for their outfield. Suzuki, who will shift back to his usual right-field post, and center fielder Curtis Granderson are left-handed hitters, as is outfielder Brett Gardner, who is coming back from basically missing all of 2012 while injured. Ibanez and Swisher also swing left-handed.

Free-agent outfielder Scott Hairston, a right-handed batter who hit 20 homers in 377 at-bats with the Mets last year, has been mentioned as a possible target for the Yankees. Hairston, brother of former Oriole Jerry Hairston, hit .286 against left-handed pitching in 2012.