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Indians Sign Jason Giambi to Minor League Contract

Veteran slugger could become the Tribe’s DH this season if he makes the roster this Spring


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The Cleveland Indians need a designated hitter and on Saturday they may have found one in 42-year old veteran slugger Jason Giambi. The two sides agreed to terms on a one-year Minor-League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. Giambi will compete for a spot on the Tribe’s roster as their full-time designated hitter, a spot vacated last fall when the team allowed veteran Travis Hafner to walk away in free agency.

Giambi has spent the last three seasons with the Colorado Rockies and has posted a .245 batting average with a .370 on-base percentage while averaging 70 games per year. One of the reasons that Giambi has appeared so sparingly is due to his age, and his inability to play in the field in the National League. By becoming a DH, the Indians will likely get more games out him but still plan to rotate other players at the position to keep opposing pitchers guessing this season.

Giambi has played in 18 seasons and has 429 career home runs to his name. During his time with the A’s and the Yankees Giambi was considered one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball, and was voted the AL MVP while playing with Oakland in 2000. Giambi is also a five-time All Star and posted his best numbers from 1999-2003 where he hit .311 and averaged 39 homers and 122 RBIs per year while posting a .444 on-base percentage and a .596 slugging percentage.

As of now it doesn’t appear that Giambi has any competition for the designated hitter spot on the Tribe’s roster. When Hafner left, it was thought that the Indians could bring him back on a similar deal, but the Yankees signed him to a one-year contract last week and plan to make Pronk their DH this year. The Indians had also expressed interest in bringing Jim Thome back to town as well this offseason, but as of now he remains a free agent so the job appears to be Giambi’s for the taking.



By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent