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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
A’s - Signed Giambi
Oakland A’s - Signed DH Jason Giambi to a 1-year contract worth $5.25 million.
The A’s lucked out this offseason in that there are a glut of defensively-challenged sluggers, which is something that they sorely need given the woeful offense. With Holliday and Giambi, the A’s offense should be better (though hardly one of the better ones in the league) and if they get lucky, Oakland could make the division interesting since the offseason plan of the Angels has essentially been to hide under the living room table in a fetal position.
Maybe third time’s the charm for New York newspapers declaring AGING OFFENSIVE HITTER DONE, IGNORE PREVIOUS STATISTICS, LOOK HOW BAD HE LOOKS! at the end of April. Giambi rebounded to have a fairly typical season for him at this stage of his career.
Obviously, it’s bad news for Daric Barton. While the A’s could find a configuration in which Daric Barton is a regular, they’re not longer in a position where they don’t have a choice in the matter. You won’t find many people more gung-ho on giving players real chances, but the team showed a lot of patience last year with a 1B with a .675 OPS. Giambi not being a model of durability, letting Barton beat up pitchers in the PCL for a few months wouldn’t be the end of the world.
At Giambi’s age, there is a substantial downside risk, but the price is right. The A’s were terrible enough last year at the plate that free agent disappointments would be substantial upgrades at a lot of positions.
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