Indians ready for offseason decisions
CLEVELAND -- Designated hitter Jason Giambi has told the Indians he would like to play somewhere next season, and Cleveland is open to having him back.
The 42-year-old Giambi had a major impact in Cleveland's clubhouse this year, and manager Terry Francona said "we would like to continue our relationship with 'G' probably as long as he would like to."
Francona also said Nick Swisher will not need surgery on his left shoulder, which bothered him most of the season and contributed to him batting .246 -- his lowest average since 2008.
Francona said he thought Swisher's struggles were also tied to the pressure of living up to a four-year, $56 million contract.
"I think you will see a more consistent player next year," Francona said.
Francona has already shifted his coaching staff, moving Brad Mills from third base to the bench, Mike Sarbaugh from first to third and Sandy Alomar Jr. from the bench to first.
Mills spent four seasons (1997-2000) as Francona's bench coach in Philadelphia and six (2004-09) alongside him in Boston.
"We want to try and take advantage of Millsie and my relationship in the dugout," Francona said. "Sandy's passion, a lot of it, is doing what a first-base coach does. I didn't ever want it to be looked on as a demotion because it's not. We talked about it the other day and Sandy was fine with it."
Things could change again if Alomar gets a managerial job. He has been mentioned as a possible candidate with the Chicago Cubs.
The club would like to re-sign starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who bounced back from a 17-loss season to win 13 games and anchor Cleveland's much-improved rotation down the stretch.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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