Jason Giambi hung on for a 20th season at age 43 as sort of a player/coach for the Indians, spending most of the year on the disabled list and hitting just .133 in 26 games.
Yet when asked if he plans to retire, Giambi was unsure:
I’ve been playing this game since I was five years old. That’s your whole life. If you look at it, it’s 40 years of doing the same thing. It’s been unbelievable. It’s been fun. But, I still haven’t made a decision about what I’m going to do yet. Who knows? Maybe somebody’s looking for a broken down 44-year-old to kind of take a few extra hacks.
It’s hard to imagine the Indians or any other team wanting to devote a roster spot to a 44-year-old pinch-hitter who can’t really hit any more, since Giambi has a .185 batting average in 157 games dating back to 2012.
With that said, don’t expect the former MVP to stay out of MLB dugouts for long. He previously turned down coaching inquiries because he wanted to keep playing, so Giambi can almost certainly snag a big-league coaching gig as soon as he wants one.