By Joe Stiglich
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 at 1:41 pm in Uncategorized.
Jason Giambi’s return to the A’s is nearing realization. A source has told MediaNews that a deal is close to being completed with the free agent slugger, and that an announcement could come as early as tomorrow. So it looks as though the A’s will add a second impact hitter to go along with recently acquired Matt Holliday. Obviously, their offense looks greatly improved on paper with Giambi’s addition. Now the question is whether Giambi, who turns 38 on Thursday, would see most of his time at first base or designated hitter. Jack Cust, who led the A’s with 33 homers last season, appears slated for designated hitter, but playing Giambi at first would squeeze incumbent starter Daric Barton out of playing time.
ESPN reports the contract is a one-year deal at $4 million, with a second-year option at $6.5 million (with a $1.25 million buyout). Not a huge dent in the A’s wallet, which means they may not be done adding offense. They could also use a veteran starting pitcher, so we’ll see how they spread out their money.
For now, how do you feel about Giambi returning to the fold?