New Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona surely won't miss those interminable Yankees-Red Sox games he endured while managing in Boston.
His new club has assembled several new players that should make the team better - and the games longer.
The Indians, continuing a recent pattern of assembling stars from the past decade on the cheap, have have signed first baseman-designated hitter Jason Giambi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
And they've also reached agreement on a similar deal with pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Matsuzaka would earn $1.5 million if he makes the club.
The Indians announced Giambi's 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.
Giambi could become the Indians' DH, a role filled by veterans Jim Thome and Travis Hafner in recent years.
Giambi will join Nick Swisher, who the Indians signed to a free-agent contract, in the Indians lineup. He and Giambi are notorious for their plate discipline, and Swisher, in fact, ranked seventh in the American League in pitches seen per plate appearance in 2012.
Matsuzaka, meanwhile, who won 33 games for Francona's Red Sox in 2007-2008, is notorious for his high pitch counts and tendency to nibble around the plate. He made 11 starts for the Red Sox in 2012 after coming off Tommy John surgery.
Now, the 33-year-old compete for one of two spots in the Indians rotation behind Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers.
A five-time All-Star, Giambi has 429 homers — just one in 89 at-bats for Colorado last year — 1405 RBIs and a .280 average in 18 big league seasons with Oakland, the Yankees and Rockies. Known for his patience at the plate, Giambi has a career on-base percentage of .403.