Jason Giambi was placed on the Rockies disabled list Tuesday with a strained left quadricep. The injury, however, does not necessarily hurt the chances of the Rockies trading him.
Philadelphia is the one team that has had interest. The Phillies want him as a stretch-run threat off the bench, and a weapon in the post-season. The fact Giambi is currently on the disabled list could enhance that.
Why? Simple. The Phillies acquire him, give him time to heal, and then, in August, send him out on a 15-day rehab assignment, which allows Giambi to get 50-plus at-bats, and tune up his swing for the days of September and October.
It's not like Giambi carries a big price tag. He is making $1 million, and the Rockies know they are not going to get a great deal in return. The only reason they would trade him is out of respect, to give him a chance to play in the postseason.