The Red Sox have had ongoing negotiations with Swisher and his agents.
Boston signed free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes earlier this offseason, but they continue to be in the market for another as they view the veteran as a platoon player. Boston lost two outfielders in the past few months, as they traded Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cody Ross hit the open market at the end of the season.
Cafardo notes that Swisher would be “more than adequate” as a replacement for Ross. He’s proven capable in the American League East as a member of the New York Yankees over the past several years, and the 32-year-old owns a career line of .256/.361/.467 over nine seasons in the majors.