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1/8/1971 (46 y, 2 m, 15 d)
1992 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 20, Overall: 58, Team: Oakland Athletics
$0.8M / 1 Years (2014)
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Jason Giambi will play the part of Matt Stairs in 2012, with the actual Matt Stairs having announced his retirement in 2011.
After he hit 13 homers in 152 plate appearances for the Rockies in 2011, multiple players lobbied Giambi to come back for yet another "one more season." He did, but was a near complete waste of a roster spot. He hit just one homer in 113 PAs in '12, and posted a sub-.100 isolated slugging percentage for the first time in his 18-year career. He missed all of August, and in the two months surrounding it (that would be July and September, just in case you weren't sure) he managed to tally only two singles and four walks in 24 plate appearances, 21 of which came in a pinch-hitting capacity -- his last game started came on July 1. When the offseason began, Giambi interviewed for the Rockies' managerial job, but when he didn't get it, he oddly declared that he would like to play for one more season. Whether he does or doesn't, you probably shouldn't be lining up to get him for your squad in any capacity. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
It's been four seasons since Jason Giambi was an everyday player, and after last season's showing he probably isn't even the fantastic bench option that he was for the Rockies in 2009 and 2011. Nothing to see here. If you really need your slugger nostalgia fix, maybe you could try Lance Berkman?
Jason Giambi’s 2014 can already been treated as a disappointment when he wasn’t appointed player-manager for some team next year, but at the same time you have to enjoy the journey that our favorite superstar-turned-cheater-turned-grizzled-monk has made. Siddhartha will be back in camp with Cleveland next year, spouting random wisdom and hitting a home run every twenty plate appearances. Of course, he’s going to strike out the other nineteen, so no need to consider him for fantasy purposes, unless you want to provide the rest of your fictional roster with veteran leadership. You could even write inspiring clubhouse speeches for him to give to his comrades. (Patrick Dubuque)
The Quick Opinion:
Now top ten among position players with more than 200 plate apperances in the vaunted strikeouts-per-hit category, Giambi isn't even a lock to get 200 plate appearances even if he'll be in camp with the Indians next year.
Giambi, now 44 years old, did little to justify his roster spot in 2014, batting .133/.257/.267 in 70 plate appearances with the Indians. The Indians have said he would be a "difficult fit" on their roster in 2015. Obviously he should be a difficult fit on yours as well. (Jeremy Blachman)
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