GOODYEAR, Ariz.: After watching Nick Swisher up close, Carlos Baerga can relate to the new Indians right fielder.
"We need a guy like him in the clubhouse to keep everybody alive,’’ Baerga said. “He’s kind of a crazy guy, like me."
Baerga, the former Tribe second baseman, is in camp to help tutor players.
Added bench coach Sandy Alomar, “A guy like Swisher reminds me of Carlos. He’s a happy guy with the same kind of intensity. Those kids of players are important in the locker room.’’
Something to guard against is Swisher trying to do too much because he signed a large ($56 million) contract.
"I’ve talked to him about that and will continue to talk with him multiple times,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”He does not have to carry this team on his shoulders.’’