In an interesting day for former Yankees, oft-injured pitcher Carl Pavano was traded from Cleveland to Minnesota and 1B/DH Jason Giambi was released by Oakland – the team he played with before joining the Yankees after the 2000 season.
ESPN’s headline called Minnesota’s move something that would “bolster their rotation.” I dunno where they come off thinking Carl Pavano can bolster a lopsided table, much less a rotation.
Pavano is 9-8 this season for a crappy Cleveland team with bad defense and little hitting (except of course for their 22-4 b-slap of the Yankees in April…). Still Pavano did not earn the nickname “American Idle” for nothing. Let’s face it – the man owes the Yankees like $38 Million of the $40 Mil they paid him over the last four years.
Good luck to Minnesota – they’re going to need it.
Giambi was playing poorly for the A’s this season, hitting .193 before going on the DL July 20 with a strained right quad. Oakland had hoped to use Giambi as a DH this season, providing the team with a higher slugging percentage. Instead, Giambi started having the worst season of his career.
Giambi has degraded as a player ever since the 2003 season when he was rumored to have been a steroid user. He later apologiezed to all fans for using performance enhancing drugs and earned respect back from Yankee fans. Faced with the prospect of having to pay him $22 million if they kept him, the Yankees chose to buy out the last year of his contract for $5 million in the offseason.
No word yet on what Giambi’s plans will be.