If signs are your thing, they were all pointed in the wrong direction for Chris McGuiness on Friday morning.

McGuiness' locker is only a couple of feet from the Indians clubhouse door. The lockers on either side were vacant because their former occupants had been sent to the minors.

"They said they're going to move me down next to the other guys pretty soon," said McGuiness.

The Indians would only be too happy to send McGuiness to the minors before they break camp on March 30, but first they'd have to offer him back to the Texas Rangers. Manager Terry Francona doesn't want to do that.

"In a perfect world, I wish he wasn't a Rule 5 pick and he was in our minor-league system," said Francona. "That's about as honest as I can be.

"I hope that could happen. I don't know if that's realistic or not."

The Indians picked McGuiness with the fifth pick in the December Rule 5 draft for $50,000. Texas left him off its 40-man roster even though he hit .268 (122-for-456) with 25 doubles, 25 homers and 77 RBI in 123 games at Class AA Frisco. He was later named MVP of the Arizona Fall League, hitting .283 (26-for-92) with five doubles, four homers and 27 RBI in 25 games.