• Jason Giambi’s Pinstripe Legacy

    Posted by on November 18th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    Here are the facts on Giambi, in terms of his Yankees contract.

    He gets paid $21 million for 2007 and (again) in 2008.

    After 2008, the Yankees can keep him for 2009 at $22 million or buy him out at $5 million (when Giambi will be 38-years old).

    Even if Giambi maintains his current levels (in the ballpark of .250/.400/.500), I have to believe that the Yankees will go for that buyout at $5 mill (come the off-season of ’08-’09). Until then, since Jason’s contract has a full no-trade clause, he’s not going anywhere – unless he wants to move.

    In a nutshell, Giambi’s Yankees career is at least 70% in the book. Since it’s mostly all written, what is Jason’s legacy in the Bronx?

    Even just at a high level, is it a positive or a negative legacy? If I’m not sure, does this then mean that it has to be less than positive?

    Comments on Jason Giambi’s Pinstripe Legacy

    1. brockdc
      November 18th, 2006 | 1:12 am

      It’ll probably depend on whom you ask. Statistically, he’s been an absolute stud when healthy. Still, some fans do and will always have issues with him on an ethical level while others will forever associate him with the profligacy, chokeitude, and miguided personnel moves of the “Evil Empire” post-dynasty era.

    2. dpk875
      November 18th, 2006 | 2:12 am

      I’ll remember the expectations that everyone had with the season that Giambi was coming off of, and the size of his contract. But his legecy will be mixed, there were the hugh home runs in game 7, against the Red Sox, that allowed Aaron Boone to happen. I will also remember the constant nagging injuries, and the missed games. At this time his legecy is inconclusive, and the next two seasons can do alot to change it.

    3. Paul
      November 18th, 2006 | 9:13 am

      Jason Giambi is said to be a really nice guy, personable, a good presence in the clubhouse.

      That said, he was yet another notch in the gunbelt for the Yankees shooting for a big name player at every position.

      When he was first signed I could not fathom the concept of acquiring a 1B player who could not adequately play 1B to replace Tino. Watching him play over the years left me asking “Why?”

      He has shown flashes of offensive brilliance from time to time and leadership hitting. But injuries have prevented any sustained production from year to year and neutralized him in the playoffs.

      I know he has a no-trade but I would try to move him now. There are a number of clubs seeking a pure slugger. He would do well in a hitters’ park like with the Rangers.

      Would he waive the no trade clause? Howard Spira to the rescue.

    4. baileywalk
      November 18th, 2006 | 1:23 pm

      Paul, you couldn’t fathom bringing on Giambi in ’02 because he wasn’t a good first baseman? He was one of the top five offensive players in the game. He was a perennial MVP candidate because of his bat. He was BUILT for Yankees Stadium with his power lefty swing. They overpaid him, but bringing Giambi here made all the sense in the world.

      Giambi was in four post-seasons (he didn’t play in ’04). He was great against the Angels in ’02 and again against the Angels in ’05. He didn’t do anything against Detroit this year. And his knee was shredded for ’03, but he did hit those two home runs off of Pedro (still the most underappreciated clutch hitting in recent memory).

      I’m not sure what Giambi’s Yankee legacy is. His baseball legacy is steroids. Him and Bonds are the face of BALCO.

      I think Yankee fans like Giambi, but his injuries have prevented him from being a consistent, year-in, year-out force.

      I wouldn’t trade him, though. You’d have to eat his contract to do that, and I’m not sure where you’re going to find a better DH. He did drive in 113 runs this year and slugged .558.

    5. SteveB
      November 20th, 2006 | 3:15 pm

      Paul, what the F is “leadership hitting?” He has shown “offensive brilliance” in long streaks not “flashes.” He’s an onbase machine with 30 HR plus power. He slugged almost .600 this year.

      Giambi has been a mixed bag, when he’s played he’s been awesome, when he’s been hurt (a lot) he’s been a pain in the ass. But he’s been a pretty good guy. Even the fact that he copped to steroid use in front of the Grand Jury endears him to me, not the opposite.

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