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Jason Giambi a possibility to return to American League

Jul 22, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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With the Rockies falling out of contention, Jason Giambi could be on the move.  The 40-year-old slugger told the Denver Post on Friday that he has talked with Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd about a trade back to the American League.

Giambi has been outstanding in limited action this season, hitting .266/.364/.638 with 10 homers and 23 RBI in 94 at-bats.  With Todd Helton also having a bounce-back season, Giambi hasn’t seen much action at first base.  He did get to DH against AL teams last month, though, and he went 7-for-23 with two homers and two doubles in six games.

The Rangers and Angels seem like the best fits for Giambi among AL contenders.  The Rangers would prefer an outfield bat, but they do have Mitch Moreland capable of playing the outfield when needed.  And Giambi would be an obvious upgrade over Russell Branyan in Anaheim.

Giambi would also be an upgrade over Jorge Posada as a DH against right-handers for the Yankees, but that’s a less likely match.

If the Rangers are willing to offer Chris Davis for Giambi, the Rockies should jump.  Davis has been a failure in Texas to date, but he’d be a legitimate alternative to Ian Stewart and a suitable backup for Helton in Colorado.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    He would be perfect in pinstripes. He is the right age and may have used PEDS!

    • bigharold - Jul 23, 2011 at 1:36 AM

      Yeah it must be the PEDs since he hitting better than either Vernon Wells or Alex Rios, a couple of BJays cast offs that are about 8-10 years younger. And, forget that his OBP is about 100 points better. By the way, are the BJays done paying their contracts?

      I agrre he’d look better in pinstripes than most jettisoned BJays.

      • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        BJays…..lets keep it clean. I believe you meant “a couple of fellatio cast offs”

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      looks like another season and no playoffs for the bjays isnt that right proudly? How many years running is that now? LOL

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    No may have about it- he actually manned up and admitted it- unlike some other guys on teams further north.

    • FC - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:21 PM


      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:03 PM

        Could be. I think one of those guys would up further south and walked away from the game instead of admitting that he had been cheating it for years.

      • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        Manny was just trying to get pregnant. What’s wrong with a man just wanting a family. His ovaries won’t last forever.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Over Posada? In a heartbeat. Rather have a 7 year old Mercedes than a two year old Chevy.

    • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      7 year old Mercedes’ grow up to be strippers. 2 year old Chevy’s grow up to be great comedians. I’ll take the Chevy.

  4. Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Giambi is probably one of the few people who actually could displace Posada.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    When the Rockies played at Yankees Stadium earlier this season, he got a huge standing ovation and the bleacher creatures actually included his name when doing the team roll call.

    • yankeesgameday - Jul 22, 2011 at 10:23 PM

      All the more reason to leave his time in NY to our memories. It’s one thing to drive in some runs in Denver but the first time he pops out to short right, or hits a grounder into the teeth of a shift with the bases loaded to end an inning at the end of September every one will remember that the good old days weren’t always good.

      (and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems)
      (sorry. Had to do it)

      • tigertigerwoodsyall - Jul 23, 2011 at 8:45 AM

        That’s what happened to Tino. He did his job while he was there, but was never as good as the fans wanted to remember. His performance just wasn’t up to the selective memories of the fans. Giambi will be an even worse case, as his numbers fell off drastically once he dropped the needle. He’s doing well now because he has built in recovery time while he sits the bench. Playing every day, his numbers will fall off again.

        On a completely different note. Tino played for the Williamsport Bills when he was in the Mariners’ minor league system, which used to be the minor league team here in Williamsport (also home to Little League). I remember him from those days. Being a Yankee fan to boot, I loved seeing him come back. I have to admit taht I definitely fell into the category of fans with selective memories! Still love the guy and the homer at the old timers game was pretty cool.

  6. pisano - Jul 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Sorry folks, the Yankees have too many guys that strikeout in scoring situations so there wouldn’t be room for one more strikeout artist.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 23, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      The Yanks’ K-rate with runners in scoring position is only slightly higher than the league average, but they compensate for that by performing significantly better than the AL in those situations, hitting .261/.346/.442 to the AL’s .253/.333/.388. Giambi, while prone to the strikeout, would also significantly outperform that line and, more importantly, would likely outperform Posada.

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