Tribe Signs Former MVP Jason Giambi to Minor League Deal
The Cleveland Indians announced the signing of 42 year old Jason Giambi late last night. Giambi is in the twilight of his career that saw him win Most Valuable Player Award in 2000 with the Oakland Athletics but the Indians have a void to fill at designated hitter after cooling on Jim Thome and losing Travis Hafner to free agency.
Giambi, who was linked to performance enhancing drugs during his time with the A's and New York Yankees, is a shadow of his former self appearing in only 60 games last season while batting .225 with 1 home run and 8 RBI. The signing is very low risk, however, as it does not count against the 40 man roster and does not include any guaranteed money.
Giambi has had a stellar career overall and likely would be in the Hall of Fame picture if he had not been linked to steroids in his past. The California native has compiled a .280 average while hitting 429 home runs and driving 1405 runs during his 18 year big league career.