Swisher: Indians' Francona Hire Was Key in Free Agency Decision

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Swisher: Indians' Francona Hire Was Key in Free Agency Decision
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For being the first time I’ve ever gone through something like free agency — nine years in the league and I’ve never gone through something like that — you kind of look around the league and see how it’s broken down, you want to push toward the things that really excite you. When Terry [Francona] signed – you don’t bring in a guy like this over here if you don’t plan on winning. To have that captain of your ship, that guy who’s a proven guy, who knows the game and manages the game the right way, it was a very easy decision for me, especially on the manager side. That has to be your guy and you have to be with him every day. I think it was a big, big thing with what Cleveland did bringing him over here...

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