A’s GM Billy Beane finished a conference call with reporters and I just finshed transcribing. Here are some highlights, if you will.
“At the end of the day, with where we’re headed and with some of the young guys that we’d like to see for the rest of the season, we thought it was an opportune time to do somethng like this,” Beane said. “Obviously, Jason has struggled through most of the first half and we thought it would be better for us to see some younger players and for him to see if he can’t catch with somebody else in a pennant race.”
Beane said Giambi took the news of his release as a professional and he thanked the team for what they did for him. According to Beane, Giambi indicated that he would like to continue playing.
Beane said the team was not actively shopping Giambi at the deadline, but had indicated to the slugger right around the All-Star break that the A’s may start looking at younger players like Tommy Everidge and Daric Barton. Giambi, who is hitting .193, went on the DL on July 20 and never returned.
“It’s difficult because Jason had a long, successful history here. He’s somebody that everyone was very fond of, not just as a player, but as a person. Those things are never easy. But once again, like everything Jason’s done, he acted like a professional and we’ll certainly miss him.”
Beane was asked if the heavier-than-expected workload placed on Giambi at the start of the season — because of injuries to Eric Chavez and Nomar Garciaparra — led to some of his struggles.
“There’s a little bit of a ripple effect or a domino effect when one guy gets injured or another guy, and it kind of stresses out the whole roster. I’m sure it had some impact on how he was feeling on a day to day basis.”
On Tommy Everidge getting a greater opportunity:
“Tommy has performed at every level and most recently at Sacramento. So as much as anything, he deserves the opportunity just like the one we gave Daric before he went on the disabled list. This is a good opportunity for us to give a lot of guys a chance to play these last two months.”