The top outfielder on the free-agent market this offseason will be Josh Hamilton, but the outfielder who will carry the most intrigue is current New York Yankees right fielder and resident goofball Nick Swisher.
Whereas Hamilton seems to have very few options for where to play next, it feels like Swisher has an abundance of options for where to play next. He's been linked to a lot of teams, and it doesn't seem like anybody's taking his apparent desire for Jayson Werth money all that seriously as a roadblock.
This week, David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News pondered aloud that Swisher might be a good fit for the Philadelphia Phillies. They opened up a spot in right field when they traded Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants at the deadline, and they might just have the funds to pursue Swisher seeing as how they only have $133 million in salaries committed for 2013 (per Cot's Baseball Contracts).
The money is going to be the iffy part either way. What isn't so iffy is seeing how Swisher could possibly fit into Philly's lineup next season, and here's a look at five reasons why he could actually be a great fit.
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