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Indians announce Swisher signing

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The Cleveland Indians officially announced the signing of free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher to a four-year contract on Thursday.

The deal includes a vesting option for 2017.

Among switch-hitters, Swisher is second with a 186 home runs from 2006-12, behind former New York Yankees teammate Mark Teixeira. The 32-year-old has batted .256 with 209 homers in 1209 games over nine seasons with the Oakland A's, Chicago White Sox and Yankees since 2004.

Also, the Indians signed second baseman Matt Antonelli to a minor-league deal, according Baseball America. The 27-year-old was had a poor season in Triple-A for the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, but batted .297 with a .393 on-base percentage in 2011 for the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate. He was a first-round pick on the San Diego Padres in the 2006 draft.

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