Jason Giambi was actually looked at as the possible future manager of a team in Major League Baseball, but now he will be back in a line-up. It was announced on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, that first baseman-designated hitter Giambi signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training from the Cleveland Indians.
This signing comes just six days before the first full-squad workout for the Indians. Giambi's contract will bring him in $750,000. Not bad for a Major League Baseball veteran that has been around the game a long time.
Giambi is 42- years-old has spent the past three seasons filling a part-time role with the Colorado Rockies. That is actually the team that many believed he would be stepping into the skipper position with, as interviewed for the managerial position just this offseason.
Former Rockies and Oakland A's star Walt Weiss is the person that ended up coming in and taking the Rockie's managerial job after impressing with his interview process.
Giambi's time with the Rockies over the past few seasons was as a mentor to younger players.
It is possible that Giambi could become the designated hitter for the Indians. Over recent years, the DH position was filled by veterans such as Travis Hafner and Jim Thome.
Giambi has 429 home runs and five All-Star bids during his 18-year Major League Baseball career. He has a career on-base percentage of .403, and the chances are that he will likely do well enough in spring training to end up on the Indians' main roster by opening day.