Jan
05

Report: Giambi to return to Oakland

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Via MLBTR comes the news that Jason Giambi and the A’s are nearing agreement on a one-year deal. Mychael Urban at MLB.com believes the deal will contain an option. While no dollar figures have been released yet, Giambi will probably be getting less than $10 million for his services. The Yanks had no need for him anymore, but the A’s clearly do. The Giambino can still hit for power and average get on base, and he will give a significant boost to an offense that scored just 646 runs last season.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • KW

    Pretty good deal, the Giambino can certainly fit the bill as a DH type, and at one year? But I think you meant to say he can get on base, because he sure cannot hit for average

  • Mike Pop

    I gotta go to a game against Oakland at the stadium. I’ll stand up and cheer for him.

    • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

      I will go to a game at the Stadium and sit down and NOT cheer for just like I did when he was a Yankee.

      • Mike Pop

        Why cause he did roids? Don’t cheer for alot of players than man. If you cant cheer for a guy who was pretty good for us, just dont be a fan.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    At least two of Giambi, Cust and Holliday will play the field every day. Yikes.

    • Mike Pop

      Holliday is not a good defender ?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        THT has his RZR at .871, .892 and .905 the last three years, which is pretty bad. But, at least he’s improving.

        • http://poormansanalyst.wordpress.com/ dan

          UZR has him slightly above average. RZR doesn’t do any adjusting for park, which obviously plays a huge role at Coors.

    • Ryan S.

      That is not a happy thought. Speaking of Cust and Holliday … is it projected they both man the corners? I think Giambi needs to be the everyday DH – maybe he plays 1B once a week.

      • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

        Cust might be the worst baseball player I have ever seen. I call him Custard.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Heh, I was kinda hoping one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to can it with the corny player nicknames… guess not.

          How ya been, buddy? Have a good holiday?

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Are you serious? He’s definitely the poor man’s Adam Dunn but he is by no means terrible.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Butchers in the field but Cust/Holliday/Giambi back to back is a lot of walks and a lot of homers.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Oh wow, the Twins owner passed away.

    • Mike Pop

      Bring in Billy Heywood

      R.I.P.

    • Ryan S.

      Oh wow…very interesting. This could have a significant impact on the Twins – not sure in a good or bad way. I just know he was LOADED (like 2X rich as Steinbrenner), and that he was a tightwad.

      • Mike Pop

        They are going to sign Orlando Cabrera now.

      • 27 this year

        Twins will be moving into a new ballpark in 2010. That would boost revenue. God knows where the money goes because although the Twins had money and did not spend it, the next owner could very well have even less. I wonder what happens to some of the stars who cost more or will cost more like Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and others.

        • Ryan S.

          Maybe the new ownership GETS A FREAKIN’ DOME!

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Maybe the new ownership promises to not volunteer the club to be murdered.

        • Mike Pop

          Morneau and Nathan just signed long term deals so it is basically just Mauer.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          because although the Twins had money and did not spend it, the next owner could very well have even less.

          Teams spend money in relation to how much revenue they produce, not in relation to how much money the owner has.

          The Yankees spend the most because the Yankees generate the most, not because the Steinbrenners spend their personal funds on them.

          Carl Pohlad was a very wealthy man, but that doesn’t mean he should have used his personal fortune to fund one of his businesses. But IMO, it also means he should have re-invested every nickel the Twins generated back into the team (which I have know idea whether he did or didn’t).

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            He didn’t.

  • Reggie C.

    I hope Giambi has a big year.

  • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

    Didn’t the A’s rehire Giambi’s former personal trainer or team trainer from when Giambi’s glory days?

    It’s crazy how John Travolta’s son died. The young man was only 16.

    • Ryan S.

      Yes, I can see how the two issues are completely related.

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      are you implying david ortiz had something to do with it?

    • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

      “Didn’t the A’s rehire Giambi’s former personal trainer or team trainer from when Giambi’s glory days?”

      that should read:

      “Didn’t the A’s rehire Giambi’s former drug supplier or drug dealer from Giambi’s gloROID days?”

      It’s crazy how Dr Dre’s son died. The young man was only 20.

  • GG

    Coming back to Oakland, a few years older and a WHOLE LOT richer!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I wonder if they’ll cheer him after booing him all these years.

      • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

        there guna go crazy, and there going to steal the idea of the stache

      • Ryan S.

        Golden Thong day at Network Associates Colliseum!!!!

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I always found it ironic that they would chant “STEROIDS” at him when the Yankees visited Oakland when he was clearly on them in Oaktown.

        • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

          Agreed. Also, the only people NOT on roids in Oakland were MC Hammer and Oaktown 357.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            The funniest part about it was how there were so few people at the games you could hear individuals chanting.

            • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

              I have never seen a game in person in the Yay Area, but I heard similar things from my peeps out in the Town.

              I went to a few games in Montreal the last few years the Expos were there and you could talk to the players and they HEARD you from any seat almost anywhere in that place. I said stuff to guys and they turned around. I went to a game there that had to have less than 500 people and of those 500 people I think maybe 4 spoke English as a first language (more Spanish speakers than French).

  • Januz

    The market for Abreu, Dunn, and Manny is getting smaller and smaller. It will be interesting to see where they end up.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Dunn is close with the Nats I think. The Nats will be my second favorite team if Dunn signs with them.

      • Ryan S.

        Wow….you really love Adam Dunn, huh?

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Man crush.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            And, the Nats are a harmless team to root for. It’s not like he’s gonna sign within the AL.

            • Ryan S.

              Yeah, nothing wrong with having The Nats as your #2 team. I guess Adam Dunn just seems kinda bland to me. I mean he’s a great hitter and I’d love to have him on the Yankees but I dunno, in terms of non-Yankees, I’d say my top 3 are Pujols, Lincecum, and Mauer (in that order). To each his own though.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                Yeah, those three are up there, too. Timmy L and I have the same birthday–he’s 84, though, i’m 87–Pujols is just awesome, and my girlfriend says I look like Joe Mauer.

    • Matt-LI

      My guess, Manny-Dodgers, Dunn-Nats, Abreu-Mets

      • GG

        abreu 2 yrs?

      • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

        those were my predictions also, just glad all 3 are going to the national league

  • Raul

    A Giambi/Barton platoon could work for Oakland. And Giambi might be able to put up some good power numbers with Holliday in the lineup. But I think that the A’s have grossly overpaid for Giambi. Looking at his stats the past few years his OBP has declined quite a bit. It was .413 in 06 just .373 this past year.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      And that .373 OBP would’ve been 2nd best on the A’s. And if Ben’s right and he’s getting less than $10 mil, then the A’s will have paid just about right. By my calculations, Giambi will be worth anywhere from 7.38-8.33 mil this year.

    • D.B.H.O.F. p.k.a The Last Don

      “But I think that the A’s have grossly overpaid for Giambi.”

      Just FYI Giambi is not signed yet. Let the man get signed before we say if he is overpaid. Maybe he will get a discount for his roids and HGH or the team will buy them for him as part of expected deal.

  • alex

    there’s no doubt that he’s still a very powerful and productive bat. Im just glad that now I dont have to cringe every time he throws the ball or tries to score from second on a single. Maybe well even see a 3-6-3 DP this year!