Jason Giambi rumors: Slugger open to playing

Doug Pensinger

After missing out on managing and coaching opportunities with the Rockies, Giambi is looking to land somewhere as a player.

Veteran slugger Jason Giambi had two opportunities to be a part of the Colorado Rockies' coaching staff earlier this winter -- as manager and hitting coach -- but lost out on both.

Throughout the interview process with the Rockies, Giambi iterated that he was keeping his options open, just in case, and has continued working out with the prospect of signing somewhere as a player, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post:

Giambi, who turned 42 on Tuesday, has continued working out this winter, open to playing, waiting to see if an offer comes his way.

Giambi profiles better as pinch-hitter/DH.

Giambi had surgery for a sports hernia at the outset of the offseason, but that is not expected to be an issue for the veteran going forward.

The 42-year-old played a bench role with the Rockies the last four seasons, appearing in 60 games and hitting just .225/.372/.303 with a single home run for the club in 2012. The lefty slugger hit 13 home runs in four more games for Colorado the season prior, so if anyone does take a chance on the aging veteran, they have to hope that his loss of power was an anomaly tied to his hernia.

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