Rays meeting with former Yanks


While nothing may come of this news, at least it’s real and tangible. The Tampa Rays, as evidenced by a photograph and confirmed report on the St. Petersburg Times’ Heater blog, have met with Jason Giambi and plan to talk to Bobby Abreu as well. Giambi makes a lot of sense for Tampa. He could play the Cliff Floyd role and would do so better than Floyd did in 2008. I’m not quire sure what Tampa wants or needs with Abreu, but they’re just checking out all the options.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. Manimal says:

    I thought Ken Griffy Jr would be a better match, but Giambi could work.

  2. steve (different one) says:

    the Rays are trying to reacquire Kevin Stocker. first step, sign Abreu.

  3. A.D. says:

    Giambi would be a nice match, full time DH down there, give them a solid middle of the order bat.

    No way they match what Abreu is at least currently looking for.

  4. AndrewYF says:

    I don’t trust the photo. It could have been photoshopped. Until the AP confirms that Giambi met with Maddon, with the appropriate pictures of Giambi double-fisting a couple of Irish whiskey bottles, I can’t see how I’m supposed to believe this actually happened.

  5. Accent Shallow says:

    Giambi in the Cliff Floyd role? You mean, DH and occasional RF?

    I’d pay to see that.

  6. Count Zero says:



  7. Brooklyn Ed says:

    6 things for Ben Sheets to do when signing with New York:

    6)He will teach Wang how to base run better in an NL game.

    5)He will dare not to ask for #51 due to the fact is Bernie William’s number upton flip flopping #15.

    4)He will wear #25 because of a)Joe Girardi wore it, b)Jim Abbot threw a no-hit game, c)at the age of 25 was his only dominating year in 2004 before the injuries, d) started 25 major league career games, e) and flip flop #52 in honor of CC Sabathia.

    3)He will actually wear #52 because CC told him too.

    2)He will live with Joe Girardi until he finds a house.

    1)Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez will teach him how to be rich and famous, and score hot celebrities.

    :) lol

  8. Nady Nation says:

    Graziano says Burnett was the mystery player Cashman met with tonight. And he plans to meet with more…

  9. Steve says:

    BTW-Suzyn Waldman said tonight the NJ Star Ledger is going to be dropping Baseball coverage soon. Like the Chicago Trib and a zillion other newspapers, its losing money and has to cut back on reporters. I would assume they would still have a sports section, but just reprint stuff off the AP wire or something.

    Anyone else heard this? Bad news for Klapisch and Graziano, who are both pretty good.

    • Ben K. says:

      Ugh.’s been doing some stellar baseball reporting lately. That’s really too bad. I’d heard this rumor a few months ago but then nothing came of it.

      • Steve says:

        With the economy being as bad as it is, there’s not much opportunity to get a loan from somewhere. The Banks are getting bailed out as well, the last thing they need is to invest in a money losing operation.

  10. Steve says:

    Play it again Sam.

    The Cubs “vehemently deny” a Peavy deal is close. As they have about 500 other times this off season.

    They would need to deal Marquis AND their ownership situation needs to be settled. If it’s going to happen, its weeks away. At which point, Burnett may sign somewhere besides the Braves and maybe Towers could get Wren back in the mix.

    This is getting old. Its not happening anytime soon.

  11. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Cashman meets Sabathia again, this time in SF

    Brian Cashman is meeting with CC Sabathia in the San Francisco area tonight. It was a last-minute meeting, not sure who requested it, but a number of sources have confirmed the meeting to Newsday.
    This appears to be a good sign for the Yankees, as Cashman is meeting with Sabathia for the third time in three days. One reason for this meeting may be for Sabathia’s wife, Amber, to get to talk to Cashman. She is a major part of this decision-making process.


    meeting CC 3times in three straight days? this has to be good news.

  12. Steve says:

    Not just Burnett, apparently Cash met with CC tonight as well. There are rumors he met with Lowe also, but I haven’t found a link. I think Heyman said that on WFAN.

    Looks like he’s pushing to get a decision from someone. Maybe we’ll have some good news when we wake up manana.

  13. Adam says:

    Is it just me, or is Giambi going to be one of the biggest bargains this offseason? Is there any chance he signs for over $8 million, or for more than 2 years? Maybe I’ve been reading his market completely wrong. But anyway, if you take away the expectation that he’ll play the field more than once a week, then you’re getting a DH who’s basically guaranteed a .900 OBS while healthy. I think a team like Tampa, LA of Anaheim or Oakland should jump at Giambi. He’d be the perfect #5 hitter on all those clubs, while costing a hell of a lot less than Manny, Burrell or Dunn.

  14. dkidd says:

    i guess i’ve gotten used to giambi in pinstripes. hard to picture him in a rays uniform

  15. Dillon says:

    CC is a Yankee!

    ….according to The Post

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