GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Nick Swisher's four-year, $56 million contract is the largest the Indians have ever given to a free agent.
The 32-year-old outfielder was born in Columbus, Ohio, and despite signing a record deal to play in his home state, manager Terry Francona does not expect Swisher to press.
Some players get off to slow starts or slump when trying to live up to big contracts, but Swisher has an infectious, fun-loving personality that Francona believes will always be there.
"I think that's how he will be every day," Francona said. "I don't think that'll ever change. He wakes up and he's the same every day."
Over his nine-year career, Swisher is a .256 hitter, but he is coming off of a very productive season with the Yankees, when he hit .272 and drove in 93 runs.
"That's the one thing I reminded him the day he signed," Francona said. "I just said, 'Be yourself, you don't have to do more. That's why we signed you, we like what you do.'"
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.