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Where does he fit?

So let’s say the A’s do lure free agent Jason Giambi back to Oakland. I’m debating what role fits him (and the team) best: First base or DH? Plug him in at first base, where Giambi played primarily in ’08 for the Yankees, and Daric Barton’s at-bats get taken away. If you use him at DH, what does that mean for Jack Cust? All three players hit left-handed, which doesn’t simplify things.

I’m sure this will be discussed in detail if Giambi’s agent does talk with the A’s this week. All things considered, I’d hand Giambi his first-base glove and hold my breath he gets the job done. The A’s offense, even after adding Matt Holliday and possibly Giambi, would still need Cust’s power in the lineup. Putting him at DH and Giambi at 1B leaves Barton as odd man out. But giving the kid some more minor-league seasoning might benefit him in the long run. And what if the A’s want to stick with Barton but also play Giambi and Cust? How would Cust playing right field grab you? I bet I know that answer, but I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility.

How would you use Giambi if he gets signed?

Joe Stiglich

  • Bee

    I’m with you, Joe. Let Jason play 1st. Spring training will be interesting if he is in the mix. It will be fun to watch. Daric Barton is young and could benefit from some more minor league time.

    I have a question: If we have Matt Holladay and Jason Giambi, how exactly do we need Jack Cust and his gazillion strikeouts?

  • Joe Stiglich

    I just think this lineup needs all the “pop” it can muster, and Cust at least gives them that. Let’s remember that it’s still risky to assume a healthy Eric Chavez playing every day. Chavez is a big wild card going into the season. If he stays healthy, that should give them some more offensive production and then maybe Cust isn’t as crucial to the mix …

  • lucas

    i think giambi should replace barton. Although cust has strruck our a lot, he might have got better during spring training. barton did nothing. also, cust and giambi with help out with matt holiday to regain the A’s home run game.