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Giambino Contract-Yearino
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
He may only be hitting .257, but don't let that fool you: the Giambino is in the midst of a serious contract year.

Perhaps it's the gold thong or the heinous/hilarious Keith Hernandez-meets-porn-star 'stache, but methinks it's simply an effort to convince the baseball Powers That Be that he's worth a few bucks. JG's contract with the Yanks ends after this season, and he's doing his best to ensure he'll get himself another deal somewhere for 2009. He's already hit as many homers as he hit in the entire 2007 season - 14 - and at the pace he's rocking he'll beat his RBI total in just a few days (39 last year and he's at 35 right now). Furthermore, His OBP and slugging % are both higher than last year, he's doing a decent job at first base, and he hasn't had an OPS this high since 2005. He's looking lean(er) and is clearly feeling healthier than he has in years.

Once the season is over, the Yanks have the option of either re-signing him at the steep price of $22 mil for 2009 or buying him out for $5 million. I'd imagine that they will likely take the latter route; it would be hard to justify spending that kind of dough on a 38-year-old DH who is at best average in the field (even for the Yankees). Regardless of that, though, there is still a chance that they might draw up a new contract and keep him in pinstripes for another year anyway. He said that he'd like to play until he's 40, so he'll obviously be on the prowl for a deal, and the Yanks certainly like keeping their veterans around (Jorgie Porgie, Mo, Dandy Andy, et al). If the Yankees decide to find an actual first baseman and use Matsui and/or Jorgie to fill the DH role, they'd probably have no use for him, but I'm sure some AL team would be happy to have a guy that gets on base 40% of the time in their lineup.

Personally, I like the dear beast and would love to see him on the Yanks - IF there were a spot for him, which I don't think there is. The Yanks need a real first baseman, someone that can play defense, and if they're wise they'll make some sort of move to secure such a man. What dost thou think? Love him or leave him? Or both?
posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, June 11, 2008  
  • At 2:38 PM, Anonymous mets guy said…

    I'd say negotiate with him during the season. Get him to agree to a more affordable "option" for 2009, I bet he'd bite.

  • At 3:16 PM, Blogger Nick said…

    Unless he has a severe rash of hitting that raises his average to something like .330 by the end of the season, I say let him go.

    We already have a ton of veterans signed to long contracts that are not performing..no use re-signing a guy who may or may not contribute when we have all these awesome youngsters in the minors.

    However, I have never been a Giambi fan and always thought he was a waste of a roster spot, so my opinion might not count for much. Hell, I bet my opinion counts for nothing with Yankee management

  • At 6:52 AM, Blogger Joba said…

    It's tough. We all saw the magical effect wearing socks high has had for A-Rod. I think the 'stache has some mystical powers as well. It might be the reason Damon pulled that 6 for 6 stunt last Saturday.

    If Giambi shaves it off, it's time to go.

  • At 8:18 AM, Blogger Bruce said…

    I think unless you get him for a better deal than he is slated to get you cut him loose. He isn't worth the coin for a team that is trying to rebuild.

  • At 8:22 AM, Anonymous yankyclpr said…

    I am waiting for him to just explode. He always looks like he is held together with duct tape.

    I don't dislike him, I just would rather see a young guy at first, that has a glove, and can throw the ball to second or home.

    He will make one awesome slow pitch softball first baseman next year.

  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger NY-ATL said…

    I like Giambi, but I also like winning. I would rather have a really good glove at 1st and I'll buy a Giambi jersey in support of him. Locking him in for 2 more years just doesn't have the sound of rebuilding anywhere near it. $22M really is a lot for a guy that might kick back and relax after signing the "Big One" a la Andruw Jones of the LA Dodgers.

  • At 8:15 PM, Anonymous buyingachampionship.com said…

    I don't know that saying the Yankees are "trying to rebuild" is the best way to describe their situation. Rebuilding would be going out and getting a few young guys for $500k per year, a la the Phillies. Not so much for New York who just signed A-Rod to a $275 million "rebuilding" contract.

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