Indians Sign Giambi, Dice-K

The Cleveland Indians have extended spring training invitations to veterans Jason Giambi and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

The Giambino signs a minor-league deal, but will earn $750K if he makes the big club. His chances will depend somewhat on how the Injuns decide to handle Carlos Santana — will he primarily catch, or DH?

Dice-K also gets a minor-league deal, and could make $1.5M if he makes the Indians. The Japanese hurler would seem to have a pretty good shot at going north come April, considering that new Cleveland manager Terry Francona is familiar with him. No doubt, Francona’s presence played into the signing. How many other managers have the patience (and supply of Tums) to sit through one of Matsuzaka’s 37-minute half-innings?

The Indians also made the Brett Myers signing official; it had first been reported in early January.

In other news, the Dodgers continue to stockpile arms for the sake of stockpiling arms — they’ve added reliever Kevin Gregg to their spring training invitation list. Hey, throw enough paint on the wall, and eventually something will stick. I like this strategy by LA, particularly if the veterans who don’t go north agree to hang around in AAA for a while. A team can never have too many pitchers, and I’m an advocate of regularly cycling through at least two
bullpen spots over the course of a season to limit exposure.

According to CSN Chicago, Mark Prior is “in the best shape of his life” (where have I heard that before?) and is hoping someone will invite him to spring training. I don’t care what kind of shape he’s in — if he still has the same rotten mechanics that were praised as “perfect” by mad scientist Tom House and celebrated by “injury expert” Will Carroll, he’ll keep tearing the same shoulder muscles over and over. For what it’s worth, Prior pitched in 19 AAA games and 25 innings last year, striking out 38, walking 23, allowing 15 hits, and posting a 3.96 ERA. According to reports, his fastball velocity was in the 92-93 MPH range.

Finally, Michael Bourn remains unsigned, and the Mets remain interested in the veteran center fielder. Similarly, I remain interested in driving a Lamborghini some day.

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