• Yanks Hope To Void Giambi Contract?

    Posted by on May 20th, 2007 · Comments (6)

    From the Daily News -

    Jason Giambi’s admission to USA Today that he once used steroids could lead to the Yankees taking another shot at voiding his contract.

    According to baseball sources familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, the Yankees will revisit the possibility of terminating Giambi’s deal if it is determined that he used illegal drugs after they signed him to a seven-year, $120 million contract in 2001.

    The commissioner’s office is investigating Giambi’s comments to the newspaper and will summon him to a meeting to discuss them. What he says in that meeting – or doesn’t say – may go a long way toward determining how the Yankees proceed.

    Good luck with this one.

    The Yankees owe Giambi another $26 million after this year. With basically one year left on his contract, after this season, it makes more sense to try and reach a settlement with him.

    Offer him $13 million, with the promise of not trying to take him to court to void his deal, in exchange for immediate free agency after this year. Or, ask him to waive his no trade clause – and then send him back to Oakland with $13 million in cash for a bag of batting practice balls – in exchange for the promise not to try to void his deal.

    But, if you just try and void the deal, the MLBPA will fight it to the end. And, it’s a fight that the Yankees would be lucky to win.

    Comments on Yanks Hope To Void Giambi Contract?

    1. Raf
      May 20th, 2007 | 10:49 am

      The A’s have options @ DH & 1b, why would they want Giambi back?

      Who do the Yanks replace Giambi’s production with?

    2. dave24s
      May 20th, 2007 | 11:01 am

      Giambi’s production?

      Um, I don’t know – some jerk who can play in the field and not get hurt?

    3. baileywalk
      May 20th, 2007 | 11:27 am

      You do understand the concept of the DH, right, Dave? David Ortiz doesn’t play the field — do you think the Red Sox want to get rid of him? What about Travis Hafner?

      The Yankees would be complete scumbags to do this. And I think Giambi is one of the players they need to move away from (like I said, he’s productive, but he’s old and slow; it would be refreshing to get younger and faster). So basically it goes: honesty is the best policy… except if there’s money involved.

      Everyone wants ballplayers to be honest about what they did and what happened, and now a player actually admits to something and they want to use it against them. Are they our of their minds? When people wonder why no one talks, this is it. It could cost them millions of dollars.

      Plus, Giambi was smart enough to be vague. He said he “did that stuff,” but he didn’t say when or what or how much. He can now say that he used it once in the minor leagues before he even got called up to Oakland (bullshit, but he can say it).

      I’m not exactly sure what MLB wants to talk about. They saw Giambi’s testimony, and then the famous “apology.” Why didn’t they talk to him before?

      I agree with you, Steve, about one thing: they should offer Giambi a buyout next year and move on.

    4. May 20th, 2007 | 12:19 pm

      I always thought that the shift ruined Giambi. He hit .314 with 41 HRs in his first monster season in New York (2002, 5th in MVP voting) and hasn’t been the same since.

      The HR/AB numbers have been there with the Yanks, but he hit 47 doubles and 2 triples (!!!) in his final season in Oakland, and he never hit more than 25 doubles for us after 2002.

      His Yankees career clearly hasn’t been what we’d hoped, but it’s interesting that he finished 18th and 14th in MVP voting the last two seasons, despite playing in only 139 games (missing 14% of the season) in each. God, I could swear there were more than 13 AL players with better seasons last year.

      The best, though, is that he started the All-Star Game in that wretched season of 2004. Then won Comeback Player of the Year a season after starting said All-Star Game. Priceless.

    5. May 20th, 2007 | 1:31 pm

      I can see trying to use leverage to reach a settlement. However, it’s not going to happen because the Yanks will have no leverage.

      In order to void the deal, MLB has to prove that he used steroids at some point after the steroid ban was enacted in 2003. And even then, there wasn’t a suspension for a first offense, so they might have to prove he did them in 2004 or later.

      But, in any case, that’s going to be a tough case to prove. Giambi will finish out his contract.

    6. SteveB
      May 21st, 2007 | 11:18 am

      Jason Giambi has been one of the most productive Yankee on base machines. Capriciously voiding his contract would be pretty fucking low-rent in my opinion. If they don’t have a positive drug test, there’s no way in hell they will be able to void his contract.

      As for the shift ruining him, here are his OPS+ numbers for his 5 full seasons with the Yankees:

      174
      151
      91
      156
      154

      So if that is a guy who is “ruined” I’ll take a couple more “ruined” guys. As for the HRs, I’m not sure how the shift would effect his HR totals, unless the shift involved putting the RFer in the bleachers.

      Age and injury are probably the two largest contributors to Jason’s decline. Remember, hitters peak at age 27 and Jason was 31 when he got here. Expecting him to put up the same numbers he put up in Oakland was never realistic.

      Aside from 2004 when he had the tumor and the ey problems, he’s been terrific.

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