On Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, the Cleveland Indians announced they have signed free agent designated hitter/first baseman Jason Giambi to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
View the official Cleveland Indians press release here.
Giambi is a seasoned veteran with a career Major League batting average of .280 with 395 doubles, nine triples, 429 home runs, and 1,405 in 18 seasons with the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, and Colorado Rockies. He made his Major League debut with Oakland in 1995 and had been a five-time American League All-Star, and 2000 American League Most Valuable Player.
While Giambi is in the twilight of his career, he provides a low risk opportunity to make an offensive contribution to the team in addition to a seasoned veteran presence for the young up-and-coming members of the organization. He interviewed for the Rockies’ open managerial position earlier in the offseason and then was considered for the hitting coach position. He declined and decided to continue his playing career.
If Giambi makes the team out of spring training, he will earn $750,000 plus incentives.
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