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Giambi used to be an on-base machine.
After the 2012 season, Jason Giambi was ready for the next chapter of his baseball career.
He interviewed for the vacant manager's job on the Colorado Rockies. The club took him seriously as a candidate but ultimately selected Walt Weiss. Even then, Giambi considered coaching hitters (via Troy E. Renck, The Denver Post).
The former AL MVP is a decade removed from his prime. Hefty and greying at 42 years old, he's a defensive liability that National League teams can't use.
Fortunately, the Cleveland Indians gave the injury-prone designated hitter an opportunity this spring. His 2013 debut could come as early as April 9, the first day he'll be eligible for activation after suffering a back strain.
Giambi batted .225/.372/.303 for the Rockies last summer, and that was augmented by the high altitude of Coors Field. Though a positive clubhouse presence, he simply doesn't have enough ability to hog a spot on the 25-man roster.