Turns out Jason Giambi won't be a one-hit wonder for the Rockies.
Unable to find an appealing designated-hitter's job, Giambi has agreed to return to the Rockies on a one-year deal worth roughly $1.75 million, according to baseball sources.
"I love it," first baseman Todd Helton said. "He's a rock star."
Giambi hit .292 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 19 games for the Rockies a year ago. As recently as last month at the opening of his new Las Vegas nightclub, he told Rockies' teammates that he was strongly considering coming back.
Manager Jim Tracy called Giambi personally, recruiting the former American League MVP. Giambi joined the Rockies last September after getting his release from Oakland.
A hint about Giambi's possible return arrived Friday. Helton admitted that he was worn out at the end of the last season, and is open to a bit more rest. Giambi can spell him at first base, while allowing Tracy to use Seth Smith more liberally, either as a starter or reserve.
"Last year was one of the first years I really felt tired at the end of the season," Helton said. "I was worn out. I'd like to have something left at the end of the season, instead of just slapping stuff the other way, trying to get by. Some of that is my fault. I need to take care of myself a little better. And work a little bit harder so I can be ready for the end of the season."
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Jason Giambi (Getty Images North America | Jeff Zelevansky)