By Will GibsonNick Swisher and Michael Bourn were traded last week, and now their departures — especially that of Swisher — have inspired a look back at their times in Cleveland. Both had been productive MLB players elsewhere and came to Cleveland as big-money, 30-plus-year-old free agents; both struggled to maintain that productivity and showed their age more than Tribe brass hoped.MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian wrote a nice piece on Swisher’s time in Cleveland, the deliciously titled “Revisionist Swishtory.” He remembers that Swisher and Bourn were both high-profile free-agency signings, if not thought of as complete slam-dunk acquisitions. Both had had steady track records and limited injury troubles, which made their struggles with the Tribe all the more confounding.The Indians couldn’t see the future. They couldn’t possibly predict that Swisher — mostly healthy for his entire career — would break down, hurt both knees and see the leg issues cost him two-years worth of expected production. The Indians couldn’t predict that Bourn would rupture a hamstring in the Wild Card-clinching game in 2013, creating an issue that lingered through 2014. They couldn’t know that, even when healthy in ’15, Bourn wouldn’t be the same player. They figured he might steal 46 bases in a season… Read full this story
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