Word on the street (street being the New York Daily News) is that the Oakland Athletics are interested in signing first baseman-designated hitter Jason Giambi.
A member of the A’s for the first seven years of his career, Giambi (at left in 2000, below in 2008) could return to the bay after spending seven seasons with the New York Yankees. No one expected that Giambi, who turns 38 on Jan. 8, would stay with the Yankees, who signed first baseman Mark Teixeira to an eight-year, $180 million deal today.
When Giambi signed with New York in 2002, he was forced to clean up his appearance. The Yankees have a strict policy regarding hair, facial hair and uniforms, so Giambi had to leave his long hair, goatee and exposed tattoos in California. Now that it appears he could be headed back to Oakland, I hope he brings back the dirty, scary guy look.