Giambi and Colorado reach deal

Jason Giambi and the Rockies have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. The 39-year-old slugger will be used as a pinch hitter and occasional first baseman.


He hit .292 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 19 games for the Rockies last September, when he had two game-winning hits and helped Colorado win the NL wild card.

He was a huge hit in the clubhouse, mentoring young players and veterans.

General manager Dan O’Dowd said he gained a fuller appreciation for Giambi’s clubhouse contributions during meetings with his staff, manager Jim Tracy and his coaches last week.

“It became very clear to me how much of an integral part he was in leadership and accountability and the standards of what we’re trying to become here,” O’Dowd said. “I think that was probably first and foremost in the decision to bring him back.

“And then, two, we think he can be a very, very productive player in the role that he will be used in, which is to complement Todd and to get a lot of big hits for us when called upon to do that,” O’Dowd said. “And then with interleague play, we’re adding a legitimate bat into the middle of our lineup.”

After a dismal return to Oakland, Giambi performed well with his new team in Colorado. He can be a clutch pinch hitter, though I don’t think he should play first base too often, as much as Todd Helton welcomes the possibility. Considering the Rockies are supposedly toying with the idea trying Brad Hawpe out at first base, they are certainly handling Helton’s breakdown.

Nevertheless, Giambi’s experience is an invaluable asset at the very least.

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