While Oriole nation watches and wonders whether or not Mark Teixeira signs with Baltimore, MASN’s “What They’re Saying About The Orioles” notes a brief little snippet from CBS Sportsline profiles on free agent first basemen.
It mentions someone who has been nothing but a nemesis to the Orioles, especially when it comes to the longball — Jason Giambi. It now looks like they may be some scant interest in the slugger or this just might be a figment of someone’s imagination; however, I am taking it all with a grain of salt.
He won’t get anything near the $120 million, seven-year deal it took for the Yankees to sign him away from Oakland, but after hitting 32 home runs in 2008, Giambi should be able to find a job.
Potential suitors: A’s, Yankees, Giants, Blue Jays, Mariners, Orioles.
Now Giambi is a free agent after the Yankees declined his option, and from the looks of it, he’s not been garnering much attention. While he has not hit for average in several seasons and is a liability in the field — he still hits for power, drives in runs, draws walks and has a relatively good batting eye.
I’m against signing guys on the wrong side of thirty for the most part; however, if Giambi is cheap enough — and I mean cheap — the Orioles might want to take a chance on him.
Then again, we have a serviceable hitter in Luke Scott, and also potentially Lou Montanez — assuming he makes the club in spring training — could serve as DH and do the job Giambi could accomplish.
Plus, they are both obviously just not one-dimensional players unlike the former Yankee slugger.