The Rockies and Jason Giambi are close to agreeing on a one-year contract, according to ESPN.After struggling with Oakland, Giambi made the move to the National League and hit .292 in 17 games as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman.
The Phillies signed pitcher Jose Contreras to a one-year deal, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Enquirer. Contreras went 6-13 and posted a 4.92 ERA in 28 games for the White Sox and Rockies. He was significantly better in the National League, notching a 1.59 ERA in 17 innings. Gelb speculates that Contreras will be used as both a starter and reliever.
Kevin Cash, who appeared in 10 games for the Yankees last season, will join the Houston Astros in spring training. Cash spent the majority of the season in Scranton, where he hit .221 in 23 games.
Several teams have expressed interest in pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, most notably the Mets and Cardinals. It’d be nice to see the right-hander return to form, and he might fare well in the NL. I can see why the Mets would be interested; he’s New York tested and would benefit from their strong infield defense and deep outfield.
The Pirates recently cut ties with Eric Hacker and Steven Jackson, two former Yankee-farmhands. Hacker has already signed a minor league deal with the Giants and Jackson remains on the market. The Pirates likely released both players to make room for another former Yankee reliever, Octavio Dotel, who was signed to a on-year deal.
Nick Green, Russ Ortiz, Doug Mientkiewicz Josh Towers and Angel Berroa all signed minor league contracts with the Dodgers. Infielder Wilson Betemit will join the Royals in spring training.