Indians ink Jason Giambi to minor league deal
CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent designated hitter/first baseman Jason Giambi to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp.
Giambi, 42, owns a career Major League batting average of .280 (1968-for-7021) with 395 doubles, 9 triples, 429 home runs and 1405 RBI over 18 seasons and 2163 games since debuting with Oakland in 1995 (.403OB/.522SLG/.926OPS). He was a five-time American League All-Star with the A’s and New York Yankees from 2000-2004, captured the 2000 AL MVP award while finishing second the following year with Oakland. He currently ranks 7th among active players in RBI, 8th in home runs and 4th in walks (1334).
The Long Beach State alum has spent the last four seasons with the Colorado Rockies, hitting a combined .248 (104-420) with 20 2B, 22HR & 86RBI in 230 games (78G at 1B, .375OB/.452SLG/ .827OPS).
Giambi has no power left. His one and only asset is that he still can draw a walk. Is this what we need, a base clogger who's 1 and only asset is to get to first base?
And before antybody starts throwing out the veteran leadership card, let's not forget that this is a guy who signed a 170 million dollar contract all based on a lie.
He's also the guy who threw ARod under the bus when he said the team wasn't getting the leadership from ARod he was paid to provide. Wow, what a dirtbag.
He was interviewed as a possible managerial candidate for Colorado, and by all accounts, was impressive.
Of course, this isn't he primary reason you bring him in, but perhaps there's more to this than meets the eye.
Again...no-risk move. It's not like he's blocking anybody, and if they HAD the money, they'd have gone after someone else by now...
Perhaps they are waiting to the spring to see if someone might get sprung...or become expendable...
I'm afraid Antonetti just couldn't help himself. The guy has a hard on for washed up old veterans who once were good players. Somehow, he truly believes he can resurrect the dead.
I also doubt that Thome would have signed a minor league deal. That makes the most sense and lets the Tribe kick the tires around a bit without having to put the guys on the big league club immediately.
We've attracted some pretty high name recognition minor league contracts this offseason. I wonder if Francona has something to do with this.
Giambi provided some nice pop just back in 2011 for Colorado. Though his splits show that he benefited from the funny air in Denver. Even so, he hit righties well. What's odd is that he's hit lefties better than righties a couple of times over the past few years.
He could work in a platoon role and the commitment is minimal. Would still like to see Dice-K signed to a minor league deal. It doesn't hurt to sign these guys. If a couple of them pan out then it helps and if none do then no harm done.