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ESPN is reporting Sunday that the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a deal with former Yankees slugger Jason Giambi.  Giambi had signed with the Oakland A’s before the season to a 1 year, $5.25 Million deal, but he failed to perform, hitting only .193 with 11 HR and 40 RBI in 83 games.  2009 has been the worst statistical year of his career.

On July 20, Giambi went on the DL with a strained right quad.  Seemingly frustrated with his lack of offense and stint on the DL, Giambi was released on August 7th.  By releasing Giambi, the A’s still were required to continue to pay him the $5.25 Million he was owed.

No word yet on the monetary size of the 1-year deal with the Rockies, but despite all this, Giambi has done well this year.  In addition to his $5.25 million deal with Oakland, he also received a $5 million buyout from the Yankees because they didn’t pick up his $22 million option before the season started.

Since Colorado is in the National League, I would expect Giambi to pinch hit and have occasional spot starts at first base.  The team already has Todd Helton at first and he has appeared in all but 8 games this season, hitting .321 with an OBP of .403.

The Rockies have made a nice run for the playoffs in the second half of the season and have lowered a 10+ game lead by the NL West leading LA Dodgers to only 4 games.  They also lead the wild-card standings by 3 games over San Francisco.

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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.

The Yankees were solid last night in the first night game at Yankee Stadium, defeating the Oakland Athletics, 5-3.

Brett Gardner came through with a sensational catch and a two-run single.

Although 20 homers were hit in the first four games, only one was hit tonight. Damon hit the lone long ball, a no-doubter into the second deck in right field that would have left almost any park on any night.

After Pettitte pitched a strong but not flawless seven innings, Brian Bruney came in for one inning and allowed one run. Then it was Enter Sandman time. Last night was the 57th time Rivera has saved a win for Pettitte, tying Oakland Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley and starter Bob Welch for the highest total in major league history.

Pettitte (2-0) allowed two runs and nine hits in seven innings, with no walks or strikeouts. He has gone at least seven innings in each of his three starts. Bruney retired 22 batters in a row before Jack Cust singled with two outs in the eighth and scored on Mark Ellis’ double, trimming it to 5-3. Rivera worked around Suzuki’s leadoff single in the ninth for his fourth save.

A leadoff walk to Nick Swisher started New York’s four-run second inning. Swisher advanced to third on Hideki Matsui’s double and with one out Gardner grounded a two-run single through a drawn-in infield, under the glove of a diving Ellis at second base. Jeter lined a single off Ellis’ glove — a ball that probably should have been caught. Damon added an RBI single but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Mark Teixeira’s broken-bat single made it 4-0.

The Yankees wrap up the series against the Athletics today with a game at 1:05. CC Sabathia goes for his fourth start this year and the Yankees have the day off tomorrow before going to Boston to face the Red Sock for the first time this season.

I’ve always liked the G-Man, and I will. I praised his decision to return to his roots, per-se, in Oakland. He is a good player who was caught up in all the hoopla involving steroids and while he never directly admitted steroids, he confessed something.

Two days ago, Bob Klapisch wrote a piece about how Giambi will be forever grateful to Derek Jeter for the support he gave him.

“I’ll thank Derek until the day I die,” Giambi was saying Thursday. “What he did for me, after what I’d been through, made it possible for me to keep playing in New York. The fans forgave me because of Derek. I’ll never forget that for the rest of my life.”

I guess Giambi is alluding to the fact that Jeter has been on his side ever since the admission and pretty much told the front office not to let Giambi go. That’s a good mark of a leader.

However, there is this other part of the Klapisch article that I vehemently do not like.

Unlike A-Rod, who’s had two chances to come clean (and still hasn’t), Giambi called a news conference before the start of spring training in 2005 and confessed. His words were measured — he never used the term “steroids” — but at least there was no blame assigned to a mysterious third party.

While I generally think that Klapisch illustrated an accurate picture of Giambi’s tenure with the Yankees, I don’t like how he compared the situation to A-Rod’s. This is an attack that serves no purpose and is grounded in nothing more than unhealthy skepticism. And the way Klapisch writes, skepticm in that A-Rod did not tell the entire truth. In reality, A-Rod confessed to more details than Giambi did, and he gets more scrutiny.

Yesterday Jason Giambi, now of the Oakland Athletics has admitted he was hurtful about some of the things Torre said in the book. He interviewed with Lisa Guerrero.

“It’s definitely hurtful,” he told me. “When you play together that long, you’re family. There’s a certain trust involved. We were always like ‘keep everything in-house, especially in New York with that media.’ I was surprised to hear that he was writing a book … he meant so much to that town. But from his point of view you can respect it. He had to get things off his chest,” referring to Torre’s bitter exit from the Yankees.

…Torre writes that he was against signing Giambi because he saw him as a “defensive liability,” it is Verducci who recounts his issue of performance-enhancing drugs that the five-time All-Star later apologized for.

Giambi doesn’t seemed bothered by Torre’s comments about him. “I’m OK with it. I knew what my job was. I came to New York to drive in runs.”

Then Giambi weights in on the A-Fraud reference…

He also thinks Torre’s now infamous “A-Fraud” reference about Alex Rodriguez was meant to be, as the manager describes it, “tongue-in-cheek,” rather than mean-spirited.

“Alex is the best player in the game,” Giambi said. “People gravitate towards negativity with him because that’s the only way you hold somebody down who’s that good.”

Nevertheless, Giambi still respects Torre.

“Look, he’s a great manager, he really is. I haven’t talked to Joe about the book yet … someday.”

I’ll always appreciate the G-Man for his efforts and his confession. (Take that, McGwire and Clemens). He’s a good guy. Him and his golden thong.

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