KANSAS CITY, Mo. - First baseman Jason Giambi, whose swagger and power helped to turn around an A's franchise more than a decade ago, was released by the team Friday morning in another move designed to give younger players a chance for more playing time in the final seven-plus weeks of the season.
Giambi, a 15-year veteran, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad on July 20 but had not played since he became eligible to return on Tuesday, even though he said he felt physically fine.
The A's already have several infielders capable of playing first base and Giambi, with a .193 batting average, was likely going to find it difficult to get playing time. The team will likely give Tommy Everidge and Daric Barton, once he returns from the DL, more opportunities to play first base.
Giambi, a five-time American League All-Star, signed with the A's after the 2008 season. He played in Oakland from 1995-2001, winning the 2000 AL MVP award, before he signed with the New York Yankees. But in his second stint with the A's, Giambi could never recapture his former glory as he had 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 83 games.
What will become of Jason "sweaty bear" Giambi?