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GM Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona meet with media for Q & A

By Stephanie Storm Published: October 7, 2013

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona met with a smal group of local reporters Monday at Progressive Field for an hour-long question-and-answer session regarding the recently-completed season and as they head into the off season.


In addition to the main story and notebook printed in Tuesday's Beacon Journal and on-line on, here a few other left over tidbits:


* Antonetti said that while the Indians drew just 1.5 million fans to Proressive Field this season, he expects to still have the resources to field a competitive team in 2014. However, he did not share details on what kind of budget he'll have.


"That's information that we'll get a little later in the off-season when we find out exactly what our payroll will be," he said. "But that's not the defining thing for us. It's how we build the best team and I'm confident we'll have the resources we need to build a contending team again next year."


* Designated hitter Jason Giambi expressed his desire to return to the playing field for another season last week and both Antonetti and Francona said they'd welcome the veteran slugger back as a player. Francona said that if and when Giambi is ready to retire from playing, he'd like to keep him around in some kind of coaching capacity.


* The Indians still believe Lonnie Chisenhall is their future third baseman, despite the 2008 first-round pick's ongoing struggles offensively and defensively.

"We still believe Lonnie is going to be a very good major league player," Antonetti said. "This off-season is an important one for Lonnie. He needs to take advantage of it and come into spring training ready to go."


* The Indians still consider right-handed picther Carlos Carrasco as a starter heading into next season, despite ending the season in the bullpen.


"His arm is so big and his secondary stuff is there, we would really like to see him excel as a starter," Francona said. "That would really help us."


* Another young pitcher with a high upside in right-hander Trevor Bauer, could also help the Tribe next season. But first the free-spirited Bauer and the Indians deep thinkers need to make sure they're on the same page.


"He's further along in that developmental path than he was at this time last year," Antonetti said. "I think we may have underestimated the magnitude of the changes he was undertaking in his delivery...In the end, where he envisions his delivery being we have alignment with that. (But) he's still working to get there, not a finished product."


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