WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 07: Jason Giambi #23 of the Colorado Rockies bats against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park on July 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Copyright Getty Images
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians have signed first baseman-designated hitter Jason Giambi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The Indians announced the signing Saturday, six days ahead of the team's first full-squad workout.
The 42-year-old Giambi spent the past three-plus seasons filling a part-time role with the Rockies. The 2000 AL MVP was a mentor to younger players and he interviewed for Colorado's managerial position this offseason.
Giambi could become the Indians' DH, a role filled by veterans Jim Thome and Travis Hafner in recent years.
A five-time All-Star, Giambi has 429 homers -- just one in 89 at-bats for Colorado last year -- 1405 RBIs and a .280 average in 18 big league seasons with Oakland, the Yankees and Rockies. Known for his patience at the plate, Giambi has a career on-base percentage of .403.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly capped Cleveland's three-run eighth inning, rallying the Indians to a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
The Indians recalled third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall from from AAA Columbus. The Tribe sent right handed pitcher Matt Langwell to AAA Columbus.