Jason Giambi (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
It’s a great day for Rockies and Sky Sox fans as the Rockies have signed both Jason Giambi and Russ Ortiz. Both players will get some playing time for the Sky Sox before joining the Rockies. Ortiz has already pitched four innings for the Sky Sox allowing only one run on three hits.
After Giambi was released by Oakland this month, the Rockies gave him a deal that will send him down to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Rockies Triple-A affiliate. It appears that he’ll be called up to the Rockies after the rosters are expanded in September. Giambi is a skilled hitter who has averaged 34 homers per 162 games played during his career in the majors. Giambi has already eclipsed the 400 home run mark in his Major League career and boasted a career OPS of .932. Overall, Giambi doesn’t hit much for average, but he is an excellent left-handed power hitter who could be used in pinch hitting situations.
Ortiz is a veteran right-handed pitcher who was recently released by the New York Yankees where he was pitching for their Triple-A affiliate. While pitching there, he posted a 2-1 record with a 1.59 ERA. Earlier in the season, he pitched for the Houston Astros going 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA. Hopefully, Ortiz will be able to provide a bright spot in the Rockies ailing pitching staff after Aaron Cook was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Singing both of these players really shows that the Rockies are absolutely trying to win this year. Take it as a sign of good faith.
Russ Ortiz (AP Photo/John Smierciak)