Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

• The Indians spent more than $100 million last winter in an effort to reel in some top free agents. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said it was too early in the offseason right now to say specifically what kind of payroll or financial resources will be available for this winter.

• Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, who signed a four-year contract worth $56 million with Cleveland last offseason, played through left shoulder soreness for much of the 2013 season. On Monday, Antonetti said "all indications" are that Swisher does not require surgery and that the first baseman should be back at full strength for next season.

• Veteran Jason Giambi (eligible for free agency this winter) has expressed a desire to play again in 2014, which would be his 20th season in the Majors. Both Antonetti and manager Terry Francona said Monday that the Indians have mutual interest in retaining the 42-year-old Giambi as a part-time designated hitter, pinch-hitter and clubhouse leader.

• The Indians sent left-hander Clay Rapada outright to Triple-A Columbus on Monday, though the reliever is eligible to seek Minor League free agency instead of accepting the assignment. Cleveland designated Rapada for assignment on Wednesday after claiming righty Tyler Cloyd off waivers from Philadelphia.

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