Sep 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi (25) hits a game-winning two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians re-sign Jason Giambi, release Chris Perez

Before the regular season for baseball ended, Jason Giambi told reporters that he would like to return to the Cleveland Indians even though they’re moving forward with young talent.

Having Giambi on your bench gives you a pinch hitter who is capable of either extending the lead or tying it depending on the situation you’re in. The Cleveland Indians announced today that they have re-signed Giambi, but to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

It’s a fair offer consider he’s getting up there in age and with all the guys that will have an opportunity to make the opening day roster, he’ll have to fight for his spot. I doubt Giambi expected anything to be handed to him, but I would have to guess if he doesn’t crack the Major League roster, he’ll end up retiring.

Giambi hit nine home runs and drove in 31 runs on a batting line of .183/.282/.371 through 186 at bats.

Anyways, with that being said, the Indians released right handed pitcher Chris Perez who put up a disappointing 4.33 ERA through 54 innings of work this year as their closer. He was also caught up with some packages delivered to his house that had some marijuana inside them.

The Indians also acquired left handed pitcher Colt Hynes from the San Diego Padres for cash. He’s a 28 year old relief pitcher who allowed 17 runs in 17 innings of work with the Padres this season.

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