What is Jason Giambi’s Net Worth and Salary?
Jason Giambi is an American former professional baseball player who has a net worth of $50 million. Jason Giambi earned his net worth as a first baseman and designated hitter in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, and Cleveland Indians. During his career Jason earned $140 million in salary alone. He is the older brother of late MLB player Jeremy Giambi.
Jason Gilbert Giambi was born on January 8, 1971, in West Covina, California. He attended Sacred Heart Private Catholic School and then South Hills High School where he was a three-sport standout. Giambi was one of the more gifted players on the baseball team along with three other future Major Leaguers and teammates: infielder Shawn Wooten, pitchers Aaron Small and Cory Lidle. Since he was voted MVP in both baseball and basketball, Giambi was selected in the 43rd round by the Milwaukee Brewers during the 1989 MLB Draft. Jason was also an All-League quarterback in football.
However, he did not sign in order to attend college. While at Long Beach State University, Giambi played college baseball for the Long Beach State 49ers baseball team. He also played collegiate summer baseball for the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaska Baseball League and took part of the US national baseball team at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, who finished fourth.
With the 58th overall pick in the second round of the 1992 MLB Draft, Jason Giambi was selected by the Oakland Athletics. He started in the minor leagues with the Single-A Southern Oregon A’s before being invited to spring training in 1993. He played the 1993 season with the Modesto A’s and also played for the Huntsville Stars in the Southern League and Kauai Emeralds in the Hawaii Winter Baseball League.
Giambi made his big league debut with the Oakland Athletics in 1995. He was named the AL MVP in 2000 and was a five-time All-Star (2000-2004) who led the American League in walks four times, on-base percentage three times, and doubles and slugging percentage once each. Jason was also a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2001, 2002) and was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year in 2005. He played for the New York Yankees before returning for a second stint with the A’s, and then rounded out his career with the Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians. Giambi has publicly apologized for using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.
Jason Giambi ended his career with a .277 batting average with 2,010 hits, 440 home runs, and 1,441 runs batted in. He is a member of the Oakland Athletics Hall of Fame.
Contracts & Career Earnings
In 1999, Giambi signed a three-year, $9.3 million deal with the Oakland Athletics. In 2002, he signed a seven-year, $120 million mega contract with the New York Yankees with a $17 million signing bonus and $17.14 average annual salary.
Over his 20-year big league career, Jason Giambi earned more than $139.5 million in salary alone.
Jason Giambi married Kristian, designer and owner of lingerie company Brulee, in February 2002. Giambi was one of the owners of Casa Cielo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, an 18,000-square-foot home on top of the Pedregal sign. The co-owned property was put up for auction in 2019 at $10.7 million.