Nick Swisher is a very happy (and very wealthy) man this Christmas Eve, perhaps happier than this Ohio native has ever been before.
Per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Cleveland Indians inked Swisher to a four-year, $56 million deal.
Swisher, 32, spent the past four seasons playing for manager Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees.
An energetic, jovial ballplayer, Swisher was a model of consistency for the Yankees during the regular season. In 598 regular-season games, Swisher batted .267 with 105 home runs and 349 RBI.
Swisher’s best season for the Yankees was in 2010 when he batted .288 with 29 home runs and 89 RBI in 150 games.
Unfortunately for Swisher, he will be best remembered by Yankees fans for his subpar performance in the postseason.
In 36 playoff games for New York, Swisher batted .161 (21-for-130) with four home runs and eight RBI.
To say he's comparable to Jekyll and Hyde is an understatement. This slideshow will express five big reasons why the Yankees were absolutely correct in letting Swisher go.