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.
In a less-notable move on Friday, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer. Font was designated for assignment by the A’s on Wednesday.
This is the second trade involving the righty since the start of the season. The Athletics acquired 28-year-old Font from the Dodgers in late April, but were underwhelmed by his performance after he racked up 11 runs, five home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of relief. While the rookie has yet to prove himself at the big league level, he posted a much more respectable pitching line with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017, going 10-8 in 25 starts with a 3.42 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.9 SO/9 in 134 1/3 innings. It’s still unclear whether the Rays intend to give him another opportunity in the majors this year or use him as depth in the minors.
Bayer, 24, is still a ways away from cracking any major league roster. He advanced to High-A Charlotte prior to the trade and allowed eight runs, two homers, six walks and six strikeouts in his first four innings.