Via ESPN -
Looking for a veteran bat to help their playoff push, the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a deal with Jason Giambi, according to multiple reports.
Giambi was released by the Oakland Athletics earlier this month after hitting just .193 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs in 83 games. He reportedly will join Triple-A Colorado Springs to get at-bats and then report to the Rockies on Sept. 1 when rosters are expanded.
“Jason is 100 percent healthy and definitely plans to continue playing,” his agent Arn Tellem said in an e-mail to The Associated Press when Giambi was released. “He is confident he’ll be able to contribute to a team down the stretch.”
Giambi had been on the disabled list since July 20 with a strained right quadriceps muscle when he was released by Oakland.
The 38-year-old first baseman and designated hitter had returned to Oakland this season after seven pressure-packed years with the New York Yankees, agreeing in January to a one-year contract that guaranteed him $5.25 million.
In 2001, current Rockies 1B Todd Helton had 49 homers and Jason Giambi hit 38 homers that season. This year, Helton has 12 big flys and Giambi has 11 to his credit. Now, Helton was 27-years old in 2001 and Giambi was 30 back then in ’01. So, age has something to do with this power drop-off. But, I cannot help to think there’s some other stuff at work here…and think it’s kind of interesting that these two find themselves to be teammates now…