The Colorado Rockies finalized a one-year deal to bring Jason Giambi back to Denver to back up Todd Helton at first base.
Giambi hit .292 with two homers and 11 RBI in 19 games for the Rockies last September. He had two game-winning hits and helped Colorado earn the NL wild-card.
Giambi, 39, is a 15-year major league veteran originally drafted by Oakland in 1992. He was named AL MVP in 2000 while with the Athletics. He also spent seven seasons with the New York Yankees.
He was a huge hit in the Rockies’ clubhouse after joining them last season.
General manager Dan O’Dowd said he gained a fuller appreciation for Giambi’s clubhouse contributions during meetings with his staff, manager Jim Tracy and his coaches last week.
The Rockies also signed left-handed pitcher Jimmy Gobble and right-handed pitcher Justin Speier to minor league contracts. Both pitchers were invited to spring training with the Rockies.
Brewers give Edmonds a shot
Former All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds has agreed to a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, hoping to return to the big leagues after sitting out last season.
The 39-year-old Edmonds is a career .284 hitter with 382 homers and 1,176 RBI in 16 seasons with Anaheim, St. Louis, San Diego and the Chicago Cubs.
A four-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner, Edmonds hit .235 with 20 homers and 55 RBI in 111 games for the Padres and Cubs two years ago.
Around the horn
Former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. He missed out on induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by eight votes earlier this month. The 12-time All-Star will be enshrined along with longtime reliever Paul Quantrill, former Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith and statistical guru Allan Roth. … Veteran pitcher Jose Contreras finalized a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. … Right-hander Tyler Walker agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals that pays him $650,000 if he’s in the majors and $120,000 if he’s in the minors. The 33-year-old Walker went 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 32 appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies last season. … The Major League Baseball Players Association said it will donate up to $1 million to Haitian earthquake relief efforts.