Jason Giambi has returned to his home in Oakland where he got his start in the majors.
It’s been seven years since he left the Coliseum as a free agent to go to the very team he said he would never play for, the New York Yankees.
He returns to the Oakland Athletics for a one year deal with an option to return. Here’s the breakdown of his contract from the Associated Press: “$4 million salary this season and the A’s hold a $6.5 million option for 2010 with a $1.25 million buyout. He can earn an additional $500,000 each year in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 525 and 550 plate appearances”.
Giambi will be the DH (designated hitter) and most likely will finish his career there. Just as Mark McGuire was his mentor when he started, so will he be to rookie first baseman Daric Barton. He was not stellar hitting only .220 and ending the season not far from that mark, .226. He is young at only 23 and could learn a lot from Giambi.