May 10, 2005 NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Giambi could be headed to the minor leagues.
With Giambi's batting average down to .195, Yankees manager Joe Torre and general manager Brian Cashman planned to meet with Giambi on Tuesday night. While Torre didn't specify what the Yankees hoped would happen, it sounded as if New York planned to ask Giambi to consider accepting a minor league assignment.
``I'd like to come out with a plan,'' Torre said before New York's game against Seattle. ``There's no arm-twisting here. We're trying to find out how to reach where we want to reach.''
Because Giambi is a veteran player, he cannot be sent to the minor leagues without his consent.
``I played very well, then over the last couple weeks I've struggled, no doubt about it,'' Giambi said.
Giambi is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and has just four hits in his last 38 at-bats. The former AL MVP, trying to rebound from an offseason filled with controversy over steroids, has just three homers and six RBIs. But he does have 18 walks and a .386 on-base percentage.
ocmusicjunkie wrote:God, are they really going to let Tino play 1b on a daily basis?
I sooo give up on the Yankees. They need to shake stuff up NOW. Trade Shef for a pitcher... or something... please?
1) Tino is a good player....and he happens to be playing veery well right now.
2) They already did "shake stuff up" with that whole "womack/Cano/berenie thing.
2) The Yankees have been playing much better lately. Now would seem like an awfully odd time to "give up" on them.
Tino is solid, but he's at (what should be) one of the biggest power slots on the team. He was a favorite of mine for a long time, but he's getting up there in age and I don't know what he'll do later in the year. I agree he belongs in their lineup, but who DH's now? They just don't have nine solid hitters, it doesn't make sense to me for Giambi to go down right now. His OBP is still okay.
That wasn't a shakeup... that was a minor reshuffling. Does anyone really care if Bernie is in center? The defensive thing is a slight improvement now, but that wasn't exactly the move that is going to turn them around.
They are playing better, but they still have massive holes. If they don't get back some pitching asap, they are going to be in a huge ditch.
Lastly, you have two #2's.
Anyway...Tino is verey adequate even as a firstbaseman. If you're going to complain about anyone in the Yanks lineup...it should be Womack in left field.
And, yes...Giambi has the OBP. But he's just not hitting the ball at all. If the pitchers just throw him stries, it's all but an automatic out. Sooner or later, he's just not going to be drawing many walks. Bernie is a better DH at this point.
And, yes....it wasn't a complete shakeup....but the Yankees don't need that. They played terribly for a few weeks...but they're still a very good team. Every team has some holes.