Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The influence of Terry Francona has again landed the Indians another big league player on a minor league deal.
The Tribe has signed a minor league deal with 42-year-old Jason Giambi.
Giambi hasn’t played over 100 games in the last four years, last year playing in 60 games with the Rockies, hitting .225, with one HR and 8 RBI.
Starting in 1995, Giambi was a feared power hitter for much of his career, pounding out a career-high 43 homers with the Oakland A’s back in 2000.
In his career, Giambi has belted out 429 homers with 1405 RBI and a career average of .280.
Giambi also has 395 doubles and 9 triples over 18 seasons and 2163 games since debuting with Oakland.
He was a five-time American League All-Star with the A’s and New York Yankees from 2000-2004, captured the 2000 AL MVP award while finishing second the following year with Oakland.
He currently ranks 7th among active players in RBI, 8th in home runs and 4th in walks (1334).
The Long Beach State alum has spent the last four seasons with the Colorado Rockies, hitting a combined .248 (104-420) with 20 2B, 22HR & 86RBI in 230 games (78G at 1B, .375OB/.452SLG/ .827OPS).
Giambi will be in camp with the Indians starting on Wedneday.