At first thought, the idea of Jason Giambi as a player-manager is laughable.
But the more one thinks about it, the more it may make sense.
Giambi is knowledgeable about hitting. He's been an MVP and an All-Star. He's experienced the glory of signing a big contract, and the humility that comes with scouring for a job late in his career. He's been on great teams and disappointing ones.
In other words, he has seen it all professionally.
He was embroiled in some steroid problems and made it through with his reputation as a fun-loving player who can keep a clubhouse loose. As he has aged, he has assisted young players as they started their major league careers.
He's an unusual candidate to be a player-manager, but his skills (drawing a walk, hitting for power) would allow him to play into his 40s as a part-time player or DH.
Oakland has been known as a maverick franchise in the past. Perhaps they should return to their roots and give Giambi the reins.