Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
December 17, 2002

Naturally, I love the Red Sox and A's pickups of Jeremy Giambi and Erubiel Durazo. With their defensive and health problems, both are ideally suited to DH on teams deep enough to run someone else who can hit out there when they aren't healthy. It's a good fit, and with Mark Grace and Jim Thome under contract, neither guy was going to get playing time. Durazo now fills the John Jaha role in Oakland. On the other hand, adding both Giambi and Todd Walker . . . well, both are good players, and cheap, but both share some weaknesses, which is to say everything but hitting righthanded pitching. (Well, actually Giambi can hit lefties too, although he's tended to be platooned in the past).

Is Giambi the Bruce Chen of hitters?

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