Rockies agree with Jason Giambi, Matt Lindstrom
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies are bringing back the big bat of Jason Giambi to go with the strong arm of right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom.
The hard-throwing Lindstrom and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a $6.6 million, two-year contract today, the same day the club agreed to a minor league contract with the 40-year-old Giambi, who could be a late-inning pinch-hitter.
Both were mild surprises in a winter full of big front-office moves for the Rockies, who committed $157.75 million over the next decade to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, $80 million over seven seasons to outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and $21.5 million over two years to lefty Jorge De La Rosa.
“We all know that whatever you do in the winter doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t play well in the spring, summer and fall,” general manager Dan O’Dowd said. “We’ve got a long ways to go to improve our style of play.”
And Giambi and Lindstrom are just the types of players the Rockies want on their roster.
Lindstrom was acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros last month. He’s made at least 50 appearances in all four of his season in the majors and had a team-high 23 saves for the Astros last season, finishing 2-5 with a 4.39 ERA.
Lindstrom is projected to join Rafael Betancourt as a primary setup man and also serves as insurance for Huston Street, who had an injury-riddled 2010 season. Betancourt is entering the final season of his contract.
He’ll make $2.8 million this season and $3.6 million in 2012. Colorado has a $4 million club option for 2013 that includes a $200,000 buyout.