Colorado has offered Jason Giambi its hitting coach job after passing on him as manager in favor of Walt Weiss, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Giambi is “mulling” the offer because he still wants to keep playing.
Giambi said previously that he’d be willing to retire as a player in order to become a manager, but it’s unclear if he feels the same way about becoming a hitting coach.
“I am going to take a few days then talk to the Rockies again because my sole focus was on managing,” Giambi told Renck. “I don’t know what I am going to do yet. I just need a couple of days to digest everything.”
Giambi has been a part-time player since joining the Rockies in mid-2009, totaling just 518 plate appearances in three-and-a-half seasons playing behind Todd Helton, but he remains a very effective bench bat thanks to his outstanding on-base skills and posted a .372 on-base percentage this year.
Colorado is apparently not interested in bringing him back as a player, but Giambi’s agent told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that “several teams” have reached out about signing him.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts met the media in Mesa, Arizona today and said a couple of things that were fun.
First, he addressed the controversy that arose earlier this month when emails of his father’s — family patriarch Joe Ricketts — were leaked, showing him forwarding and approvingly commenting on racist jokes. Ricketts apologized for those serving as a “distraction” for the Cubs which, OK. He also said “Those aren’t the values our family was raised with… I never heard my father say anything remotely racist.” If you choose to believe that a 77-year-old conservative guy who loves racist emails — who once spearheaded an anti-Obama ad campaign that required a “literate African-American” as its spokesman — hasn’t said racist stuff a-plenty, that’s between you and your credulity.
More relevant to the 2019 Cubs is this:
The Cubs aren’t in the same position as some other contenders in that (a) they don’t have a cheap payroll; and (b) are not obvious candidates for the big free agents like Harper or Machado, but I still find that comment pretty rich for an owner of one of baseball’s marquee franchises in a non-salary cap league. If nothing else, it’s an admission by Ricketts that he, like the other owners, consider the Luxury Tax to be a defacto salary cap.