It specifically said in Boone's contract not to play basketball and even then there was a buyout. I doubt Giambi's contract reads that he is prohibited from doing steroids. The Yankees are going to have to give him something.Mookie4ever wrote:ajgnydc722 wrote:Here's an article from ESPN:Or the Yankees could attempt to address this matter on their own -- starting with an exploration of whether it would be possible to void the contract.
But voiding the contract isn't the Yankees' only option. They would also have two other potential avenues, according to the MLB source:
1. Attempting to convert Giambi's deal to a non-guaranteed contract (ostensibly by claiming breach of contract).
Or 2. refusing to pay Giambi for time missed while injured (ostensibly because they would allege that that time missed resulted from steroid use).
But you don't need to do a 200-page study of baseball's labor history to know the union would fight any of those measures.
The union has always argued that, in cases like this, the basic agreement supercedes any specific language in individual player contracts. And the basic agreement would protect Giambi's guaranteed money in virtually all cases.
Jason Giambi has four years left on his contract.
However, the union did not fight the Yankees when they negotiated a buyout of Aaron Boone's contract last winter, after Boone blew out his knee playing basketball -- an activity specifically prohibited by his contract.
Full article: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/s ... id=1936931
See with Boone, what he did was specifically prohibited by his contract - we don't know whether what Giambi admitted to was prohibited by his contract.