This weekend, the Cleveland Indians signed a pair of veterans to minor league deals: Jason Giambi and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Giambi will be in competition for a bench spot as a left-handed DH option, while Matsuzaka will attempt to win a job on Cleveland's pitching staff.
Neither signing represents much risk for the Indians due to the nature of minor league deals, but the rewards that Giambi can give them outweigh the potential rewards from Matsuzaka. Heading into Spring Training, Cleveland's DH is Chris McGuiness, a Rule 5 pick from the Rangers that spent last year at AA, mashing 23 homers for Frisco in 123 games. The other options for the Indians at DH include former Blue Jays Yan Gomes and Mike McDade and both Cord Phelps and Ezequiel Carrera, who struggled in brief stints in the majors over the last two seasons. There's also Ryan Raburn and Mike Aviles on the major league roster, but neither should be logging any at bats as a DH this year for the Tribe.no comments