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Jason Giambi likely to make Indians’ 25-man roster

Mar 3, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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Indians manager Terry Francona is enjoying having 42-year-old Jason Giambi in camp. In fact, so much so that Giambi will very likely make the Indians’ roster when camp breaks at the end of the month. The Plain Dealer’s Bud Shaw has the details:

He sounds almost that cheery every time Giambi’s name is mentioned. The way Francona talks about him, Giambi would have to accidentally get run over by a Vespa peloton not to make the Indians’ roster out of spring training.

“He has a presence about him,” Francona said when asked about Giambi’s at-bats in camp. “He doesn’t swing at bad pitches ever. He’ll take a walk. He still has his bat speed. I’ve been very impressed.

Francona noted that Giambi won’t face left-handed pitching during the season, even though Giambi posted an .848 OPS against them in 30 plate appearances with the Colorado Rockies last season. Giambi has yet to record a hit in 11 spring training at-bats but has drawn three walks.

Before the Rockies hired Walt Weiss to be their new manager, there were rumors that Giambi would retire as a player to run the show in Colorado. For now, the lefty is happy to continue his playing career in Cleveland.

  1. vallewho - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Happy for him if he does make it.

  2. mybrunoblog - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    After a planet ending global thermo nuclear war the only things left will be cockroaches, radiation, and Jason Giambi playing DH.

    • mrfloydpink - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:17 AM

      And his gole lamé thong.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Last year he played for Rockies so just a heads up man A’s he did not.

    • Bill Baer - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      ha, thanks. Got the A’s on my mind.

  4. Kevin Gillman - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    It doesn’t hurt, he isn’t going to get 400+ ABs, Mark Reynolds will mostly get the DH ABs anyway. But nothing wrong with depth, and he is a veteran that can help the Indians young roster all season.

    • mazblast - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Like he helped the Rockies’ roster last year?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        When he rehabs, he’s usually an asset to the Tulsa Drillers’ roster.

      • jwbiii - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:12 AM

        So this is a good move for the Columbus Clippers? Craig and Mookie will be delighted.

      • Kevin Gillman - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        Yeah, he was a finalist as a manager for the Rockies, before they hired Walt Weiss. So he must have helped them in some way.

  5. badintent - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Indians needed a new mascot and Rodman wasn’t available. so Jason gets the job by default

  6. Detroit Michael - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I had to Google “Vespa pelaton.” It means a buch of scooters.

    • Detroit Michael - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      *bunch*

  7. markdaniel250 - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    The guy is 42 and pretty much washed up. But he can still draw a walk, so as long as you don’t need him to hit the ball, run the bases or field, he could be a good addition.

  8. cackalackyank - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I think if I hadn’t blown out my knee I could make the Indians roster. But, that being said ,Giambi might be a trade up for the Indians….from Hafner…oh wait….

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