Indians to give Giambi spring training tryout
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians on Saturday signed first baseman/designated hitter Jason Giambi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The Indians announced the signing six days ahead of the team's first full-squad workout.
The 42-year-old Giambi spent the past three-plus seasons filling a part-time role with the Rockies. The 2000 AL MVP was a mentor to younger players and interviewed for Colorado's managerial position this offseason.
Giambi could become the Indians' DH, a role filled by veterans Jim Thome and Travis Hafner in recent years.
A five-time All-Star, Giambi has 429 homers -- just one in 89 at-bats for Colorado last year -- 1,405 RBIs and a .280 average in 18 big league seasons with the A's, Yankees and Rockies. Known for his patience at the plate, Giambi has a career on-base percentage of .403.