At age 40, Jason Giambi isn't ready to call it a career. The Rockies announced that he'll be back next season on a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training. The Denver Post reports the deal is for $1 million.
It's not clear where Giambi is going to get at-bats given Colorado's glut of infielders. Todd Helton will be back, and the Rockies also have Ty Wiggington, Jose Lopez and Mike Jacobs as options at first base. He could be just a spare kept waiting in the wings in case Helton breaks down again, but it's tough to see Giambi, a 40-year-old who has made more than $130 million, toiling in the minors.
Giambi played in 87 games for the Rockies last season, batting .244 with 35 RBI and six homers.
Also Monday, the Rockies gave reliever Matt Lindstrom a two-year deal worth $2.8 million next season and $3.6 million for 2012. The club has a $4 million option for 2013, which would be his first year of free agency.
UPDATE: The Post spoke with general manager Dan O'Dowd, who said the Rockies could make a spot for Giambi on the big-league roster by going with four outfielders, which they have the flexibility to do because Wigginton can play in left and right field if needed.
-- David Andriesen