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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Jason Giambi signs minor league deal with Indians

At his current rate…Giambi will hit his 500th HR in 2083!

The Cleveland Indians have signed first baseman-designated hitter Jason Giambi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Indians announced the signing Saturday, six days ahead of the team’s first full-squad workout.

The 42-year-old Giambi spent the past three-plus seasons filling a part-time role with the Rockies. The 2000 AL MVP was a mentor to younger players and he interviewed for Colorado’s managerial position this offseason.

Giambi could become the Indians’ DH, a role filled by veterans Jim Thome and Travis Hafner in recent years.

Repoz Posted: February 10, 2013 at 08:42 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: February 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM (#4366411)
Not sure why they'd rather have Giambi than Thome
   2. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4366422)
It never really made sense for him to be in the NL the past few years.

I'd roll the dice that he could still give me 200 good PAs.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM (#4366442)
This means Henry Blanco is no longer the oldest hitter in the league! The Blue Jays won't get that magic prestige they got from Vizquel last year.
   4. Honkie Kong Posted: February 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM (#4366487)
Jason Gimabi is back in the AL. Bring on the rainbows!
   5. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: February 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM (#4366489)
How many times has Giambi been 'finished' over the course of his career?
   6. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: February 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM (#4366496)
Crispix, it's a minor league deal - so Blanco's still got it for now...
   7. Greg K Posted: February 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM (#4366500)
It's kind of cool that Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, and Eric Chavez are still playing professional baseball.

And that Chavez is doing the best at the moment!
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 10, 2013 at 02:15 PM (#4366559)
I'd rather have Giambi than Walt Weiss.
   9. Austin Posted: February 10, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4366580)
The Indians might not be done signing washed-up hitters to DH, but if Giambi is the last guy they're going to sign, he's got an excellent chance to get a lot of playing time. The Indians' DH before this contract was apparently Chris McGuiness, a 24-year-old Rule 5 pick who had a merely okay season last year in AA (and was God-awful in high-A in 2011).
   10. Walt Davis Posted: February 10, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4366621)
Is Asdrubal Cabrera the only thing keeping the Indians from being the Astros right now?
   11. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: February 10, 2013 at 03:45 PM (#4366625)
No.

Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis, and Trevor Bauer are all better than anyone on the Astros.
   12. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: February 10, 2013 at 04:15 PM (#4366648)
In talking about Indians DHs, I suspect Carlos Santana is a name to keep in mind. I think he'll get some time there, maybe even more than 27 starts he got last year.

The Indians needed pitching so getting a guy like Bauer may help if he pitches like his minors numbers last year hint at. Not so sure about Dice-K though. Offensively they look like they might be able to score some runs, though maybe not near the top.
   13. puck Posted: February 10, 2013 at 04:23 PM (#4366656)
If their rotation has Dice-K and Ubaldo, that is going to be one frustrating team.
   14. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: February 10, 2013 at 04:25 PM (#4366658)
giambi knows the strike zone and like hal mcrae of many moons ago early in the count sits on his zone. throw it there and he will get a good swing.

old, reflexes almost gone, bones a creakin', but still can turn when he sees just the right pitch
   15. Dock Ellis Posted: February 10, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4366669)
I would also rather have Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall than anyone on the Astros.

   16. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: February 10, 2013 at 05:09 PM (#4366699)
Doesn't it seem like the Astros should sign Andy Marte to a MiLB deal, wherever he is now?
   17. Dock Ellis Posted: February 10, 2013 at 05:13 PM (#4366704)
Andy Marte signed with the York Revolution a few weeks ago.
   18. eddieot Posted: February 10, 2013 at 06:53 PM (#4366757)
If their rotation has Dice-K and Ubaldo, that is going to be one frustrating team.

Don't forget Brett Myers!
   19. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 10, 2013 at 06:58 PM (#4366759)
They might not be any good, but they'll be selling beer an hour longer than any other team in the league.
   20. Walt Davis Posted: February 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM (#4366879)
They might not be any good, but they'll be selling beer an hour longer than any other team in the league.

Which has given me the maniacal idea of ending beer sales based on a pitch count rather than innings pitched.

EDIT: Or, since EVERYBODY wants starters to go deeper into games, ending beer sales when the home starter is pulled.

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