CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – While last night didn’t go the way the Indians wanted it do when it came to moving on in 2013, the club can still hang its head high on the 92-win campaign.
One player that many felt was going to have little to no impact on the season going in was DH Jason Giambi, who came to the team and had to earn a roster spot.
Giambi did a lot more than earn a roster spot, he mashed nine homers, including the one that everyone will remember this offseason, a two-run shot to overcome a one-run deficit to beat the White Sox that seemed to push the club to the playoffs.
The Indians paid the 42-year-old $750,000 in 2013, and according to Terry Francona it was well worth it for what he brought to the young players in the locker room.
Now the question will be, can Giambi another year older come back and do it again in 2014?
He says he can.
“For sure,” Giambi said when asked if he wanted to return to the Tribe in 2014.
“I feel great, I would love to be a part of this, I love the direction they are going.”
Giambi knows that baseball is a business, and knows that the Indians will have tough decisions to make this offseason, but hopes that he’s a part of the organization moving forward.
“Who knows though, we will see what the universe has moving forward,” Giambi said.
Giambi nearly had a manager’s job last offseason, going head to head with Walt Weiss for the manager’s job in Colorado that eventually went to Weiss, his former teammate with the Oakland A’s.
He chose to come to Cleveland, a group that underwent many offseason changes, but one that seemed to grow together as the year went on.
“We played hard it was an outstanding year,” Giambi said after the playoff loss Wednesday night.
“We came together as a ball club we exceeded everybody’s expectations, now the guys have a taste of what it’s like to go to the playoffs.”
It will be a long offseason, but from the amount of praise that Francona gave to Giambi during the season, it wouldn’t be a shock for the Indians to try to bring him back next year.
Giambi has not played in 100 games since 2009, but the Indians know that’s not the most important aspect of his game at this point.
He helped young players like Jason Kipnis, who was an All-Star, grow. He handled problems with players behind the scenes, and kept the team focused down the stretch.
If there’s a chance to bring back ‘Big G,’ in 2014, count on Chris Antonetti and Francona to do whatever they can to convince him to return.
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