When the Indians are trying to make a deal or sign a free agent, secrecy is one of the priorities. But General Manager Chris Antonetti doesn’t keep everyone out of the loop. Mostly, it’s the media that the front office tries to keep in the dark. Nick Swisher is not a member of the media. So when Antonetti was negotiating with Michael Bourn’s agent, Scott Boras, and asking for additional funds from owner Paul Dolan, Swisher was kept informed. “I know what’s going on,” Swisher said Sunday. “I know more than you.” Speaking of the Bourn signing, Swisher said, “That’s what we wanted to do (keep it quiet). We didn’t want our name flashing around everywhere. The whole Mike thing, we had some stuff we knew. We had some meetings about it.” The “we” Swisher refers to is himself. “Bringing a guy of his caliber over here, especially after signing a big contract with me and then suddenly turning around and giving almost the same contract to Mike (was huge). Me and Mike were super excited. Every single pitcher on this team is going to love him.” Swisher spent two days in Columbus to attend the funeral of his mother, Lillian Marie Malizia, who suffered from leukemia. “It was nice to go back and see my brother, my stepbrothers and stepsister and everybody,” said Swisher, who returned to Arizona in time to take part in Sunday’s workout. “I hadn’t seen my brother for a while. He’s taking it pretty hard. He told me I needed to get back out here.” As Swisher participated in a drill on one of the back fields, manager Terry Francona watched. “There’s a little different vibe when he’s around,” Francona said. “And I mean that in a very positive way.” Swisher has been an Indian less than two months and already has changed positions. Or has he?
Indians’ Nick Swisher not kept in dark about Michael Bourn signing
Akron Beacon Journal | Feb 18