Jason Giambi is hoping to find a starting job after spending September coming off Colorado’s bench, but if he’s unable to land a full-time gig manager Jim Tracy has let him know that the Rockies would love to have him back:
Honesty is the best way to go. That’s the way I know how we treat them. Is there a job out there for him with 400 at-bats, and if there is, he’s more than likely going to take it. That’s what he wants to do, god bless him. But if not you hope that he would consider coming back and being a part of our situation.
Colorado’s “situation” would likely involve Giambi serving as a pinch-hitter, backup to Todd Helton at first base, and designated hitter during interleague play, which won’t add up to many plate appearances. However, as a 39-year-old coming off a season in which he hit just .201/.343/.382 in 102 games the odds are certainly against any team handing Giambi everyday work.
The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.
Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.
Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.
He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:
Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.