The A's are poised to begin talks with free-agent designated hitter Jason Giambi, who was named the American League MVP while playing in Oakland in 2001. General manager Billy Beane chatted with Giambi's agent, Arn Tellem, this week, and the sides could begin discussing a contract early next week. According to sources close to Giambi, he is looking for a three-year deal, but Oakland is not likely to offer more than two years and perhaps an option. Giambi will turn 38 in January.
The Rays top option appears to Milton Bradley, with others like Pat Burrell, Jason Giambi, and Bobby Abreu close behind. A sticking point with Giambi is the longevity of the contract, and we'll see if those demands alter with the Athletics, otherwise Giambi's not going to have much of a choice in the matter.