Former AL MVP Jason Giambi announced his retirement Monday in an exclusive statement through the New York Daily News. "After 20 seasons, I have decided to officially announce my retirement as a Major League Baseball player," Giambi said. "Ever since I was five years old, all I ever wanted to be was a Major League Baseball player. The Oakland A's, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians were a big part of helping that dream come true... "To the managers, coaches and players, it's been a tremendous honor sharing the field with you and thank you very much... "I want to thank the fans for being a part of this incredible journey. I especially want to thank the fans that gave me a second chance to let me show you the human being you see today. "Lastly, to the game of baseball: I started playing you when I was a kid and I'm leaving you a man. Thank you." The 44-year-old Giambi finishes his career with a .277 average, .399 on-base percentage, .516 slugging percentage and .916 OPS. He also has 440 home runs. Giambi won the AL MVP in 2000. He was also a five-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger award twice.
Former Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi is considering staying with the club in some type of position off the field, general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday. "Nothing really has changed with Jason," Antonetti wrote in an email. "[Manager Terry Francona] and I have both stayed in touch with 'G' and told him that we'd love to keep him in the organization in some capacity. We haven't gotten more specific than that at this point." Francona said last month he thinks Giambi may take the year off before deciding on his future plans. In his career, Giambi is a .277/.399/.516 lifetime hitter with 440 home runs and 405 doubles over 20 seasons.
The Indians are unlikely to bring back veteran Jason Giambi next year, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The 43-year-old hit just .133 over 60 at-bats last season. While general manager Chris Antonetti said he wouldn't completely rule out a reunion, he added that Giambi is a tough fit on the roster at this point. Giambi had been a coaching candidate a few offseasons ago, and could look to go that route if this is the end of his playing career.
Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters that the team will recall Jesus Aguilar, Bryan Price and Austin Adams. The team will also activate Jason Giambi from the disabled list and will reinstate Chris Gimenez from the paternity list.
Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi started his rehab assignment at Double-A Arkon Tuesday. Giambi struck out in all three of his at-bats. He was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. Giambi has been out since June 11 due to a knee injury.