• How Good Is Jason Giambi?

    Posted by on May 25th, 2008 · Comments (14)

    Earlier this morning, WasWatching.com reader “AndrewYF” left this comment to an entry posted yesterday (on this blog):

    [Jason] Giambi is currently the best-hitting Yankee, and the second-best hitting first baseman in the AL (and fourth in baseball). There’s really no denying those facts.

    Well, first, it looks like “AndrewYF” has fogotten about Hideki Matsui (in terms of who is “the best-hitting Yankee” as of this moment). See these current Yankees stats via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia:

    Batter		RCAA	OWP	OPS	PA
    Hideki Matsui	10	.656	.873	190
    Jason Giambi	8	.651	.900	159
    Alex Rodriguez	5	.622	.881	119
    Johnny Damon	3	.546	.783	197
    Bobby Abreu	2	.529	.814	200
    Wilson Betemit	0	.545	.758	27
    Chris Stewart	-1	.000	.000	3
    Chad Moeller	-1	.452	.675	51
    Jorge Posada	-1	.440	.810	66
    Derek Jeter	-3	.446	.727	186
    Alberto Gonzalez	-4	.173	.545	48
    Shelley Duncan	-4	.235	.564	55
    Melky Cabrera	-5	.407	.712	181
    Morgan Ensberg	-8	.125	.506	80
    Robinson Cano	-10	.300	.640	190
    Jose Molina	-11	.111	.520	98
    

    Still, it’s pretty close there between the Big G and Godzilla.

    How about Jason Giambi compared to all other first baseman in baseball? Here’s the top ten as of this morning:

    Batter		RCAA	OWP	OPS	PA
    Lance Berkman	45	.877	1.241	216
    Albert Pujols	30	.827	1.069	223
    Kevin Youkilis	15	.707	.936	213
    Justin Morneau	12	.701	.878	205
    Jason Giambi	8	.651	.900	159
    Casey Kotchman	8	.635	.863	187
    Adrian Gonzalez	7	.603	.865	218
    Derrek Lee	6	.571	.902	226
    Lyle Overbay	5	.603	.818	194
    Sean Casey	5	.714	.888	69
    Nick Johnson	5	.605	.846	147
    

    Again, “AndrewYF” is not 100% correct when he claims Giambi is the “second-best hitting first baseman in the AL” – since Kevin Youkilis and Justin Morneau have better numbers. But, Giambi is knocking on the door, just behind, the top two.

    So, whaddaya say Yankees fans? Based on Giambi’s greatness, so far, should the Yankees run out and pick-up the 2009 option on his contract for $22 million? Should Yankees fans be stuffing the All-Star game ballot boxes to ensure that Giambi represents the team at this year’s All-Star game? The numbers suggest that Jason Giambi is great. So, just how much love should “G” be getting in Yankeeland right now?

    Comments on How Good Is Jason Giambi?

    1. Joel
      May 25th, 2008 | 10:31 am

      If they don’t want to blow a fortune on Teixeira, they could do worse than to renegotiate a much cheaper two-year deal with Giambi (or one year with an option), and platoon him with Shelly at 1B.

      If Giambi and Shelly did a left-right platoon split at 1B, you are not getting the best defense, but over 162 games you are probably going to get 40+ HR 100+ RBI and .900+ OPS.

    2. Corey
      May 25th, 2008 | 10:58 am

      man this is rediculous. he hits for a couple of weeks and now we want to sign him to a 2 year deal? GET THIS GUY OUTTA HERE! He’s an injury prone has-been that is playing for a contract. I would be shocked if they resigned him. And when they sign tex, after 7 years it will be this story again

    3. Rich
      May 25th, 2008 | 11:06 am

      If Giambi wants to stay he should offer to work for the amount of the buyout ($5 mil).

    4. AndrewYF
      May 25th, 2008 | 12:24 pm

      FYI, I was just going by OPS. Even then, he’s only the fifth-best 1B-man in the league, behind Derrek Lee (who edged by Giambi last night).

      Whatever production he can give to the Yankees is gravy, in my opinion, considering all the hooplah about how the Yankees have no firstbaseman production. Even if he puts up 2005 numbers, I don’t want him on the team next year.

      Maybe the Yankees can do what they did with Sheffield, pick up Giambi’s option and trade him to a power-starved team (only if he puts in a decent season overall). If they can eat most of his salary, I think they could get some decent prospects out of it. Besides, it’s a $16 million decision, as he has $5 million coming to him anyway.

    5. Rich
      May 25th, 2008 | 4:33 pm

      I like Giambi too, but I don’t see him being particularly marketable.

    6. Joel
      May 25th, 2008 | 9:43 pm

      For $5 million per year, a guy who hits 30 HR knocks in 80-100 runs and has a .900 OPS is a steal. If Giambi can stay healthy enough to get his plate appearances, he is still a very good offensive player.

    7. ken
      May 25th, 2008 | 9:51 pm

      Giambi is the poster child for what is wrong with this version of the Yankees. The balanced team of the 90′s morphed into an overpaid underachieving all star team. Get this guy out of here.

    8. Rich
      May 25th, 2008 | 10:28 pm

      For $5 million per year, a guy who hits 30 HR knocks in 80-100 runs and has a .900 OPS is a steal. If Giambi can stay healthy enough to get his plate appearances, he is still a very good offensive player.
      ___

      But he’s owed $5 million if he doesn’t have his option picked up, so it’s likely $5 million +.

    9. Joel
      May 25th, 2008 | 11:13 pm

      —Giambi is the poster child for what is wrong with this version of the Yankees. The balanced team of the 90’s morphed into an overpaid underachieving all star team.—

      Averaging 95+ wins a season and making the playoffs six years in a row is “underachieving.”

      This is what it has come to for Yankee fans like this: Dyansty or Bust.

    10. RollingWave
      May 26th, 2008 | 3:20 am

      they should go broke for Teix, with the way this team is setup, they need a second slugger . the fact that he plays a good 1B helps too.

      CC Sabathia is intriguing, but i would be much more careful with that.

    11. ken
      May 26th, 2008 | 10:48 am

      Joel: you said: “Averaging 95+ wins a season and making the playoffs six years in a row is “underachieving.”

      This is what it has come to for Yankee fans like this: Dyansty or Bust.”

      Not sure why you link together Giambi’s value and overall success. Actually, I’m not one of those fans you describe. I can live with a season or two without playoffs.

      My point, as has been made by many others, is that the organization, after the success of the 90′s, changed direction and attempted to put together an all star team every year.

      It seems like the ‘baseball people’ have now finally convinced ownership that you can’t keep giving up young talent for older, proven players and thereby paying for their past performance.

      If Steinbrenner had been in his prime, players like Cano, Wang, and Melky would be elsewhere.

    12. AndrewYF
      May 26th, 2008 | 1:07 pm

      Newsflash, people: averaging a .921 OPS throughout the life of a contract hurts the Yankees.

      To help the Yankees, one must make less money, provide merely okay production, and be named Scott Brosius, Paul O’Niell, or Tino Martinez. If you are one of the most productive players in the league (A-Rod, I’m lookin’ at you!), you are hurting the Yankees.

      Thus is the wisdom of ‘ken’.

    13. Joel
      May 26th, 2008 | 5:32 pm

      The notion that the Yankees didn’t throw money at big free agents or make big veteran acquisitions in the dynasty years is a myth. Jummy Key, David Cone, David Wells, El Duque, Tino, Straw, Boggs, Fielder, etc…

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