The Cleveland Indians are strongly contemplating brining back slugger Jason Giambi for the 2014 MLB season. In fact, several in the organization would be ecstatic to have the veteran’s presence on the roster. Is it a wise move for the Indians to add the soon-to-be 43-year-old to the active roster next year?
Personally, I believe it would be a bad move. I understand Giambi’s power numbers were off the charts for a man who only had 186 at-bats. I also am aware that he crushed a home run every 20.7 at-bats and recorded 31 RBI in 71 games. There is no question these are great numbers that prove he has the potential to get the Indians out of a pinch with one swing of the bat.
With that being said, the 18-year veteran collected just 34 hits for a .183 batting average. If that is not a liability, I am not sure what it is. I get that the designated hitter is supposed to go yard every chance he gets. However, Giambi certainly did not help the team out when he only posted a .282 on-base percentage.
Cleveland will make the case that Giambi is an exceptional leader who helps the team far more off the field than on it. Not to mention, it is fair to say that the playoffs would not have been a possibility if he were not on the 2013 roster. If those are the concerned heading into next season then he needs to be a coach.
I am not afraid to admit that Giambi posted a great season at the plate. He helped the team out of several jams and was incredible in the ninth inning. However, do the Indians actually believe he can put forth the exact same performance two years in a row? To think that he will be just as dominant is a bit crazy considering he is long past his prime.
Taking a chance on Giambi could definitely pay off again. On the other hand, the cost may be too much to bear the second time around.