Five teams have interest, or potential interest, in free-agent Nick Swisher, according to major-league sources.
Those teams are the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants
The Red Sox would have to move center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury before making a deal for Swisher. The Giants could pursue Swisher if they decide to spend on the left fielder after committing combined a $78 million to retain pitcher Jeremy Affeldt, outfielder Angel Pagan and second baseman Marco Scutaro. However, the Giants more likely to go with Gregor Blanco and a platoon partner in left.
Swisher is a switch-hitter who can play first base or outfield; his versatility adds to his appeal.
The Indians made a $44 million, four-year offer to Shane Victorino, before the OF made a deal Tuesday with the Red Sox.
— Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi