Is Jason Giambi a Hall-of-Famer? He has over 400 homers and over 1,400 runs batted in. Basically, he’s in the conversation at least. Who knows with the debacle at Cooperstown this past off-season but with an MVP and several all-star selections to his credit, I like him for it. Even if you think he falls just short of that, you at least know the value that he carried with him for the past almost two decades. Now, with a new deal signed with the Cleveland Indians, he is out to prove that he is still valuable. Guess what, he is.
The past four seasons with the Colorado Rockies have seen Giambi take on more of a mentor / player coach role than an everyday basher. He not only enjoys the role but is very good at it. The Rockies even interviewed him for a coaching spot in the chance that he retired for good. Take that and add to it that he still has plenty of pop in his bat with a handful of home runs over the past few seasons as well as runs batted in.
For all of those reasons, and the fact that he is a pretty good person from all appearances, he becomes very valuable to the Indians. The deal they signed him to is not a guarantee that he will make the club but manager Terry Francona thinks he should probably make it. I agree for the above reasons and one more. For whatever success he has had in limited playing time and pinch hitting, the DH spot will provide several more chances for the forty-two year old star to get some wood on the ball. It’s a good move by the Indians; they need Giambi this year.