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Jan 28, 2010 4:07 PM by Associated Press

Rockies finalize 1-year deal for Jason Giambi

The Colorado Rockies have finalized a one-year deal to bring Jason Giambi back to Denver to back up Todd Helton at first base.

The Rockies also signed left-handed pitcher Jimmy Gobble and right-handed pitcher Justin Speier to minor league contracts on Thursday. Both pitchers were invited to spring training with the Rockies.

Giambi hit .292 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 19 games for the Rockies last September. He had two game-winning hits and helped Colorado clinch 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 spent seven seasons with the New York Yankees.

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