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Wednesday, May 22
Updated: May 23, 3:51 PM ET
 
Phils pick up Jeremy Giambi from Athletics

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The slumping Oakland Athletics traded outfielder Jeremy Giambi to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday for utility man John Mabry.

John Mabry
Mabry

Jeremy Giambi
Giambi

Giambi, the younger brother of New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi, was batting .274 with eight home runs and 17 RBI in 42 games this season. But the A's were trying to spark a team that had won just three of their last 17 games.

"We're happy to get somebody with his offensive capabilities,'' Philadelphia general manager Ed Wade said. "Right away, he becomes second on our team in home runs with eight.''

Jeremy Giambi was stunned.

"I came into spring training in good shape, I worked hard on my defense and thought I was doing all right,'' he said. "It's just the game of baseball, when things happen, hopefully its for a good reason.''

Mabry, used mostly as a pinch-hitter this season, was hitting .286 with three RBI in 21 games for the Phillies.

"Jeremy was off to a good start but we were concerned he was too one-dimensional,'' A's general manager Billy Beane said.

Phillies manager Larry Bowa plans to use Jeremy Giambi to spell corner outfielders Pat Burrell and Bobby Abreu and at first base to rest Travis Lee. But, Lee has struggled since the All-Star break last season and Giambi could get an opportunity to win the starting job.

"If guys aren't swing the bat, he'll have an opportunity,'' Bowa said. "We have options now.''

Lee entered Wednesday's game against the New York Mets hitting just .244 with four homers and 15 RBI.

Going into Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, the A's had dropped four straight, including their three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

"When a team gets into a rut, they look for changes. I guess it could be you around the corner,'' Giambi said.

Jeremy said older brother Jason called just as soon as he found out.

"He said 'That's just the game,''' Jeremy said. "I was just starting to feel comfortable and now it's another adjustment I have to make.''

In addition to the trade, the A's had made a number of roster moves on Tuesday in hopes of turning their season around.

They optioned rookie first baseman Carlos Pena, second baseman Frank Menechino and right-handed reliever Jeff Tam to Triple-A Sacramento.

To replace them, Oakland recalled infielder Esteban German and outfielder Adam Piatt from Sacramento and purchased the contract of infielder Larry Sutton.

ESPN's Peter Gammons reports that the Athletics have been so frustrated by their early-season collapse that they have been shopping players -- such as Giambi -- in an attempt to shake up its roster and clear payroll. The A's have seven of the first 39 picks in the June draft.

The A's have struggled to replace Jason Giambi, who went to the Yankees as a free agent in the offseason.

Pena was considered Jason Giambi's heir apparent at first, and he showed promise with seven home runs. But he was batting just .100 over his last 15 games.

David Justice, acquired by the A's in the offseason, was expected to give the A's some added power in their lineup after Jason Giambi's departure.

Justice was batting .301 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 23 games with the A's before he went on the disabled list with a right groin strain.

Beane said the A's plan to use Mabry off the bench.

"It was apparent we needed to improve our defense, and we wanted to give Piatt some at-bats,'' he said.

The Phillies had won two straight after losing six in a row on the road. Bowa often has criticized his players for their lack of enthusiasm, and Jeremy Giambi has the type of personality that matches the fiery manager.

"He's a free spirit, likes to have fun and that's good,'' Bowa said.

Wade said Jeremy Giambi will join the team in Montreal on Friday night.




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