ESPN The Magazine senior baseball writer Buster Olney posted an interesting tweet earlier today:
Total speculation: Jason Giambi would be perfect as bench addition for Pirates. Experienced, great clubhouse guy, power to win a game as PH.
If the Rockies decide to shop the five-time All-Star, Giambi will definitely be targeted by the Pittsburgh Pirates because it appears that they have lost out on the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. The Pirates, led by GM Neal Huntington, are in search for a bat and are looking to add a veteran power hitter.
Giambi, batting .263 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI this year, has only started 20 games this season and has only made a handful of appearances at first base. Giambi has had some incredible performances this year, with a three-home run, seven RBI outburst against the NL East leading Philadelphia Phillies.
Giambi would serve as the best pinch hitting option for the Pirates and spell the struggling Lyle Overbay, batting only .239 with seven home runs and 35 RBI. The Pirates have put in phone calls about Giambi, along with teammate Ubaldo Jimenez, who is apparently off the market unless an unbelievable offer is made.
Some in the Rockies organization are saying that the Rockies want to re-sign the 40-year-old slugger who has proved over the past two seasons that he can be a serviceable starter or bat off the bench. However, most people around baseball believe that if the Pirates offer the right price, Giambi will be a Pirate for the rest of the season.
It will probably take a low-level to mid-level prospect to entice the Rockies. Brian Friday at Triple-A Indianapolis might be a good sell, as he has a good glove and can play multiple infield positions. His bat is inconsistent, but has a decent upside potential. The Pirates have many good infielding prospects, so parting with one, especially one that is 25 years old and only batting .245 might be a serious possibility.
Giambi, as a Pirate, would let the Pirates focus on acquiring one more pitcher instead of worrying about obtaining a hitter, and the Pirates can strengthen an already solid pitching staff.
Stick with Bleacher Report to see what the Pirates do as they attempt to acquire an impact player, and for updates on the rest of the league check in on B/R's MLB Trade Deadline 2011 coverage daily.