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Indians see Jason Giambi as manager material

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10:39 AM ET 11.03 | The team intentionally announced the release of Chris Perez and the signing of Jason Giambi on the same day. They viewed Perez as a poor teammate, while Giambi was considered the type of leader that they want in the clubhouse. Giambi batted .183 (.653 OPS) with nine homers and 31 RBI in 186 at bats. He's a part-time DH and pinch hitter. He had three game-winning homers. He will be 43 in January. If he can't play any longer, the Tribe wants him in the front office -- perhaps as a special advisor. That was the same position that Terry Francona had the with the Tribe in 2001 after he was fired as manager by the Phillies. Giambi is being prepared to eventually be a manager.

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November 3, 2013  11:04 AM ET

He can be a combination player/manager/pharmacist.

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November 3, 2013  11:58 AM ET

What do they know that we don't?

November 3, 2013  12:03 PM ET

Great news for Francona, if he doesn't make the playoffs in 14 his replacement has already been named.

 
November 3, 2013  06:34 PM ET

I still think of this guy as being a big loser, with the PED stuff and the way he'd dip his elbow into the strike zone to get cheap HBPs on breaking balls. It would be hilarious if the Tribe pushed Tito out to make room for Giambi, as bad as the Bosox replacing him with V Wrap (even though I pretty much agreed that it was Tito's time to go by then).

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