Fresh off joining the 2,000-hit club, Jason Giambi told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he hopes to continue playing next season at age 43 and would like to be back with the Indians.
During the offseason Giambi was in the running to become the Rockies’ manager, which would have required retiring as a player, but instead that job went to Walt Weiss and he took a part-time gig with the Indians.
Giambi has hit just .186 in 198 plate appearances and also struggled last season, so finding another non-coaching job might be tough.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.