A slew of stories in today’s papers featured Jason Giambi, as reporters approached him yesterday regarding the Angels trade rumor. Giambi said, "News to me," which I find kind of hard to believe. I think it’s safe to say that someone in his camp told him about yesterday morning’s New York Post article from George King.
Giambi’s broken quotes seemed to indicate that he never asked for a trade, and that he has no desire to go to L.A. As you know, he has the right to veto any trade. An Angels spokesman denied interest, but what else is he going to say? Bill Stoneman did the same, and publicly passed on Troy Percival as well.
The MLB Players Association and Commissioner’s Office are currently trying to figure out how to interview Giambi about his recent steroid comments to USA Today. Giambi mentioned that he’s "probably tested more than anyone else," which is in part because of his amphetamine use.
This story is already getting kind of old…we need some more pristine trade rumors to surface. Give us some decent Ken Griffey Jr. rumors or something. Giambi has a no-trade clause, tons of baggage (including his age), and a nearly immovable contract. The Yankees are probably stuck with him.