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Wow..I was just on line looking at teams the Yanks might be able to trade Giambi to if they picked up some of his salary because he's clearly not producing enough to justify his salary and is a one dimensional player. I thought the Yanks would be looking to unload him and after I figured the Angels might be a good fit I found this article.

MLB to investigate reported Giambi 'roid remarks

ESPN.com news services

Updated: May 20, 2007, 11:26 AM ET

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Jason Giambi might lose his spot on the the Yankees' roster if it's determined he used performance-enhancing drugs, according to a published report.

Olney: 'Roid Rage

For one of the users of the "stuff" to criticize other players and owners, implicitly, reflects the arrogance of a burglar who got away with the goods, Buster Olney writes. Blog

Citing unnamed sources, The New York Daily News reported Sunday that the Yankees will consider voiding Giambi's contract if it's determined he used steroids after they signed Giambi as a free agent in 2001.

Major League Baseball intends to investigate reported remarks by Giambi that the sport should apologize for use of performance-enhancing drugs and the Yankees star's comment that he was "wrong for doing that stuff."

According to The Daily News, what Giambi says in his expected meeting with Major League Baseball will likely determine whether the Yankees decide to try to get out of what's remaining of the seven-year, $120 million contract they gave Giambi in 2001.

Rob Manfred, executive vice president for labor relations in the commissioner's office, spoke Friday with Yankees president Randy Levine about the matter, a baseball official with knowledge of the conversation said, speaking on condition of anonymity because baseball officials didn't want the matter publicly discussed.

"I was wrong for doing that stuff," Giambi was quoted as saying in Friday's editions of USA Today. "What we should have done a long time ago was stand up -- players, ownership, everybody -- and said: 'We made a mistake.'

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"We should have apologized back then and made sure we had a rule in place and gone forward. ... Steroids and all of that was a part of history. But it was a topic that everybody wanted to avoid. Nobody wanted to talk about it," he said.

Giambi told a grand jury during the BALCO investigation in December 2003 that he used steroids and human growth hormone, the San Francisco Chronicle reported in December 2004. Before the start of spring training in 2005, Giambi made repeated general apologies at a news conference but wouldn't discuss whether he used steroids or admitted to the grand jury in 2003 that he did.

The Yankees also considered terminating Giambi's deal after the leaked BALCO testimony. If the team does try to end Giambi's deal, the move likely will be appealed by the players' union.

"The commissioner's office, I think, is going to be looking into this, and so at this point I just can't comment," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said before Friday's game against the Mets. "Let the commissioner go through the process he needs to go through, and we'll go from there."

Giambi has refused to talk about the USA Today story.

Cashman was troubled by the notion that fans are owed an apology by Major League Baseball.

"There's an implication that there was a lot of people that were involved that would know that, what was going on, and I can tell you that's false," Cashman said. "We've spoken to that in the past, so I do have a problem with that, without a doubt, because I can tell you -- I can speak from being right there, too -- that whatever goes on individually with these guys is really on them."

Giambi, whom USA Today said was interviewed on Wednesday, was quoted by the paper as saying he's thankful for baseball's testing program for steroids and amphetamines that was revised before the 2006 season. MLB does not test for human growth hormone and Giambi said he does not use the drug.

"Unfortunately, [the rumors] are going to be a part of it. But that's OK. I'm probably tested more than anybody else. I'm not hiding anything," he was quoted as saying. "That stuff didn't help me hit home runs. I don't care what people say, nothing is going to give you that gift of hitting a baseball."

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Before I say this, I would like to preface it with the fact that Jason Giambi is my least favorite Yankee, by virtue of his being the highest paid player in baseball (this year) and not producing like he should (and having the gall to then openly knock A-Rod)

However, if the Yankees pull this bull****, I will lose a GREAT deal of respect for the organization. This move stinks of CYA and naivety. AS IF the ENTIRE WORLD, including the Yankees, didn't already know that Giambi had used steroids following that ridiculous press conference a few years ago. If they go ahead and use a couple of comments (which were actually COMMENDABLE) in the paper last week to justify voiding his contract, it's just a scummy, scummy move.

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Before I say this, I would like to preface it with the fact that Jason Giambi is my least favorite Yankee, by virtue of his being the highest paid player in baseball (this year) and not producing like he should (and having the gall to then openly knock A-Rod)

However, if the Yankees pull this bull****, I will lose a GREAT deal of respect for the organization. This move stinks of CYA and naivety. AS IF the ENTIRE WORLD, including the Yankees, didn't already know that Giambi had used steroids following that ridiculous press conference a few years ago. If they go ahead and use a couple of comments (which were actually COMMENDABLE) in the paper last week to justify voiding his contract, it's just a scummy, scummy move.

Agree 100%. In fact the Yanks likely knew he was juicing in Oakland before giving out this contract to him.

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Agree 100%. In fact the Yanks likely knew he was juicing in Oakland before giving out this contract to him.

Without a doubt. It was only a dirty little secret to us fans. George did not become a billionaire by being stupid. He knew what Giambi was when he signed him for 121 million.

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Before I say this, I would like to preface it with the fact that Jason Giambi is my least favorite Yankee, by virtue of his being the highest paid player in baseball (this year) and not producing like he should (and having the gall to then openly knock A-Rod)

However, if the Yankees pull this bull****, I will lose a GREAT deal of respect for the organization. This move stinks of CYA and naivety. AS IF the ENTIRE WORLD, including the Yankees, didn't already know that Giambi had used steroids following that ridiculous press conference a few years ago. If they go ahead and use a couple of comments (which were actually COMMENDABLE) in the paper last week to justify voiding his contract, it's just a scummy, scummy move.

I agree 100%. We all sit here and say that people should be more accountable. He is the one guy that has shown even a small interest in standing up and admitting he was wrong.

The Yankees knew he was juicing when they signed him. It is a bad contract they gave him. He isn't worth the money.

How about making Cashman stand up and admit it was a bad deal. I would rather have an apology from him for f'ing up my favorite team with all these bad signings.

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