Just one day after the team signed Angel Pagan to a deal worth a reported $40 million over the next four years, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that the Giants have peaked the interest of another coveted outfielder, Nick Swisher.
nick swisher will wait for hamilton deal, said @scottmcbs. word is, he'd like to go to the #SFGiants. #redsox also in playSwisher will wait for Josh Hamilton's deal to surface, but odds are Swisher should collect somewhere in the ballpark of four years for $52 million, or around $13 million per year. The Giants reportedly have also shown interest in Swisher in recent weeks.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 4, 2012
The Giants are obviously looking for an outfielder during these winter meetings, after reportedly showing interest in Scott Hairston and Swisher. While Gregor Blanco can play left field for the time being, as well as during a 2012 World Series run, the Giants would like a little insurance for the long hall of a full regular season. Adding Swisher would allow the Giants to use Blanco for his true fourth outfielder position, as well as have a formidable middle of the lineup with Swisher starting in left field.
Of course, Swisher does come with a large price tag, and that should be the ultimate decision regarding the Giants' acquisition of him.
Swisher hit .272 with 93 RBI and 24 home runs in 2012 in the hitter-friendly new Yankee Stadium.
He played for the Oakland Athletics from 2004-2007.