Indians sign Jason Giambi to minor league contract

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians signed first baseman-designated hitter Jason Giambi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Indians announced the signing Saturday, six days ahead of the team’s first full-squad workout. The 42-year-old Giambi spent the past three-plus seasons filling a part-time role with the Rockies. The 2000 AL MVP was a mentor to younger players and he interviewed for Colorado’s managerial position this offseason.

Also, with at least one spot open in his rotation, new Indians manager Terry Francona will give Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka a shot at winning a starting job. Matsuzaka agreed to a minor league contract with Cleveland.

Matsuzaka, who pitched for Francona with the Boston Red Sox, must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.

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