The Cleveland Indians toyed with the idea of adding veteran slugger Jim Thome to the lineup but according to reports from last week, dismissed the idea. Cleveland had wanted to add the veteran as the team’s designated hitter, but has since moved on from that idea. Instead, the Indians went another direction with another veteran hitter, inking 18-year veteran Jason Giambi to a minor league deal according to Troy Renek of the Denver Post.
Giambi has played just 108 major league games since 2008 and last year appeared in 60 games for the Colorado Rockies, where he hit .225 with one home run and just eight RBIs while playing as the team’s part-time first baseman.
There is no guarantee that Giambi will be the Indians Opening Day DH and even if he is, the team will still likely rotate players at that position throughout the season.
Cleveland’s pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report later today to spring training.