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Giambi signs minor league deal with Indians

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Free agent first baseman Jason Giambi signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians, the team announced Saturday night. He was invited to the Indians' spring training with a chance to make the season-opening roster.

Giambi, 42, interviewed for the Colorado Rockies' managerial job after last season, then discussed the hitting coach job with the team. In end, the Rockies hired Walt Weiss as manager and Dante Bichette as hitting coach, so Giambi apparently will continue his playing career.

If he makes the team, Giambi could see time at designated hitter. Mark Reynolds signed a free agent deal in December to serve as the Indians' first baseman.

The 2000 American League MVP for the Oakland A's, Giambi spent the past 3 1/2 seasons as a reserve for the Rockies. He hit .225 with one homer and eight RBI in 89 at-bats for Colorado last year.

A five-time All-Star, Giambi played seven years in Oakland before he signed a seven-year, $120 million free agent deal with the New York Yankees. He was largely productive during his time in the Bronx, though he had several seasons cut short due to injuries. Giambi admitted during the BALCO scandal that he had used performance-enhancing substances.

Giambi returned to the A's as a free agent before the 2009 season, but he was released that August. He signed with the Rockies a few weeks later.

In 18 big-league seasons, Giambi has a .280 batting average, a .403 on-base percentage, a .522 slugging percentage, 429 homers and 1,405 RBI.

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