Quote to note

"I think it's a fairly obvious statement that everybody respects him as much as you can. And he deserves every bit of that. He may be right now a player-manager. He just doesn't have that title."
--Francona on Giambi

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.