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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