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MLB News: Indians resign Jason Giambi, release Chris Perez

The Cleveland Indians today signed DH Jason Giambi to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League camp.

Giambi, 42, equaled the single-season club record with three pinch-hit home runs in 2013, the last of which came in game-winning fashion against the Chicago White Sox on September 24 that kept the Indians 1.0 game AL WildCard lead intact. For the season he drove in 31 runs in 71 games (54 starts at DH), led the club with an RBI per at bat ratio of 6.0ab/RBI and collected his 2000th career hit on September 8 vs. the New York Mets.

The five-time American League All-Star owns a career Major League batting average of .278 (2002-7207) with 403 2B, 438HR & 1436RBI in 2234 games (.400OB/.519SLG/ .919OPS) over 19 seasons with Oakland, New York-AL, Colorado and Cleveland.

Additionally, the Indians gave RP Chris Perez his unconditional release. Perez is now a free agent.

The Indians also made a trade with the San Diego Padres, acquiring LHP Colt Hynes for cash.

Hynes, 28, spent the first half of the 2013 season between AA San Antonio and AAA Tucson where he went a combined 2-0 with 4 saves and a 1.52 ERA in 41 relief appearances (47.1IP, 43H, 11R/8ER, 2BB, 58SO, 1HR), limiting left-handed batters to a .147 (11-75, 35SO) average against while averaging 11.0SO per 9.0IP with just 2 walks in 47.1 innings. Colt was with San Diego for the entire second half of the season, his first career taste of Major League action, recording a 9.00ERA in 22 relief outings (17.0IP, 25H, 17R/ER) while limiting left-handed Major League batters to a .156 (5-32) average against.

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  • turnercr

    Annoyed that Father Time will be back but couldn’t be happier that CP is gone.

  • Kildawg

    Hynes will be competing with Hagadone and Barnes for the second lefty spot in the bullpen; Rzepczynski has the primary lefty spot. That minor trade with SD seems to prove that Rich Hill won’t be coming back. Who knows, maybe the Tribe carries 3 lefties in the bullpen.

  • Hopwin

    In related news, the Browns have announced they have resigned Jim Brown to the active roster.

  • Harv 21

    Don’t whine, Brody. All you need to keep your master happy is an internet connection and a canine-adaptable keyboard.

    #willmisstheeasypunchlines

  • Ezzie Goldish

    58K vs. 2BB, and just 1HR? Holy crap. (Though it didn’t translate in the Majors…)

  • Garry_Owen

    Haven’t we been down this “Colt” road before?

  • CB Everett

    Sure Perez have to weed through the want ads a bit, but we’re the ones left high and dry.

  • That was quick. So long, CP. Can’t say I’m sad to see him go.

  • woofersus

    I sure hope it does. Rich Hill was awful last year.

  • simond

    maybe PureRage can go back to his hometeam Tampa Rays where the baseball games sell out and the fans are crazy about the team

    oh wait.

  • Wow

    Is Perez worth 10 million? The answer is no.

  • Fern

    can we all just agree now to ignore future pure rage quotes? please. cuz he’s gonna say stuff. and it just needs to be ignored.

  • UnknownMiner

    Shame – I never got to “party”with his dog.

  • Harv 21

    for sure, just like we ignore quotes from Cribbs, LeBron, Jim Brown during any his regular banishment intervals and any former Cleveland athlete who even indirectly refers to Cleveland. Because we have a confident, positive self-image like that.

  • Ed Carroll

    Hynes could be a sneaky pickup. Live pen arms on the cheap. Would like to see Hill return as well, but more likely on a non-guarenteed deal.

  • Fern

    if only! I will say that as a Cavs and Blue Jackets fan I loved this year’s preseason because the focus seemed completely moved on from lbj and Rick Nash respectively, as opposed to previous years where it was more about what the teams no longer were instead. baby steps.

  • Steve

    Just barely gets to 90 mph, so I’m a bit hesitant to call him a “live arm” but should definitely be able to get lefties out, and should be adequate as long as he almost never sees a righty.

  • Ed Carroll

    More to being a live arm than just fastball velo. 11.9 K/9 ratio and an absurd 0.4 BB/9 ratio last season. For his career he has a 7.1 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9, so last year might have been a bit of an outlier, but still, not too shabby for cash considerations.

  • Steve

    I do wonder what happened last year, as he was sub 6k/9 the previous two years, but I am never going to be impressed by what a 28 year old does in the minors.