I could elaborate on that wish, but it’s much more enjoyable to see it in pictures.
The Best of Jason Giambi:
Remember when Jason Giambi was a greasy dirt-bag and all jacked-up on steroids? Yeah, those were the days when it was worthwhile to cheer for him, save for the steroids of course (we didn’t know at the time). The 37 year-old former Yankee has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Oakland Athletics.
According to Mike Puma (incredible name) of the New York Post (terrible paper), the deal is worth $4.5 million, and Oakland holds an option for 2010 worth $5 million. Giambi joins Matt Holliday in the middle of an A’s lineup that is suddenly featuring a lot more power. Giambi was the American League MVP with Oakland in 2000.
It’s hard to find good footage of Milton Bradley losing his temper. I swear I’ve seen clips of him throwing bats on the field a dozen times. I did manage to find this clip from the worst sports-talk show of all-time though. Is that co-host conscious of that fact that he’s wearing a fucking do-rag on his head?
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Bradley is a Cub now, to the sweet tune of a three-year and $30 million deal. Not bad for an eight year veteran with only ONE 420 at-bat season to his credit.
Other Free Agency Tidbits:
The Cleveland Indians have come to terms with pitcher Carl Pavano according to Jerry Crasnick. No terms of the deal were released, but I bet it’s a far-cry from the four-year, $39 million contract he signed with New York in December 2004. Still, this could turn out to be one of the better bargains of the off-season.
ESPN’s Buster Olney has word that the Oakland A’s are on the verge of signing Jason Giambi.
That just about rules out every player on my Blue Jays wish-list. Fuck.
According to Ken Rosenthal (I admit, he’s rarely wrong about these things) the Tampa Bay Rays are nearing completion on a deal with free-agent leftfielder, Pat Burrell. Burrell hit .250 with 33 homers and 86 RBIs last season with the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Burrell brings a solid mix of run producing power and his knack for getting on base to an already potent Rays lineup. Burrell will likely rotate between the outfield and DH. Over at the freshly revamped ESPN.com there is word that the Rays will no longer be pursuing Jason Giambi. Sounds about right.
The Banner is back! After weeks of investigation and interrogation, my banner featuring Ty Cobb’s glove and a used game-ball from Cy Young have been returned. Keep those drunk bloggers out of my administration!