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Indians re-sign Jason Giambi

Oct 31, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Jason Giambi‘s coaching career will have to wait a bit longer.

In addition to releasing closer Chris Perez the Indians also announced that they’ve re-signed Giambi to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Giambi hit just .183 for the Indians at age 42, but did manage nine homers in 186 at-bats, including several big bombs, and drew constant praise for the vibe he brought to the clubhouse. That’s no doubt why the Indians are interested in bringing him back, although we’ll see if they actually want to carry a 43-year-old part-time designated hitter mostly for vibe-creating purposes next spring.

  1. largebill - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Regardless of whether he is a great guy, it is a highly questionable move to sign a 42 year old DH who can’t hit .200. Fifty years ago you could carry a great glove, no hit middle infielder. However, a no glove, no hit DH is another matter.

  2. aceshigh11 - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Is he waiting to hit sub .100 before he finally calls it a career?

    • bigharold - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Apparently the Indians are.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    If it’s the vibe they most value, why not make him a coach?

    • stoutfiles - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Jason Giambi: “I just wanna let you know that bringing me back to hit is… probably… a good idea.”

      Roger Dorn: “Jason, I admire the work you’ve done. The way you hit the ball that one time was amazing.”

      Lou Brown: “What Roger is trying to say, Jason, is that we’re not carrying a 43 year-old player who can’t hit above .200. We’d like you to stick around as a coach.”

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Jason Giambi meekly knocks on Lou Brown’s door. Lou opens the door and Jason tries several times to say something but falls silent.

        Lou nods and says: “I’ll tell Dorn I begged you to come back.”

  4. cocheese000 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Yet another cheating 1B/DH making headlines today.

    • uscthom78 - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      To be fair, that cheating era started and ended with the Yankees, not unlike several other players.

  5. icanspeel - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Hardly means much, it is a minor league contract with invitation to spring training.

  6. NYTolstoy - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    I love giambi. Hope he continues playing then coaching this guy is a people person

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