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The Giants sign Aubrey Huff to a two-year, $22 million deal

Nov 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Giants are on the verge of signing have signed Aubrey Huff to a two-year extension worth $22 million, plus a club option for 2013.

Huff hit .290/.385/.506 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs this year while playing a little left a little right but mostly first base. He started slow, but caught fire in May, June and July before fading in August and September. Still, the Giants would have watched the playoffs from home without him and they certainly could use his pop next season, because there are no sure things in that lineup other than Buster Posey. Huff certainly wanted to stay in San Francisco, and now he will.

As for the deal: I think it’s pretty good for both sides. Huff was a bargain at $3 million in 2010, and he made good as his contract essentially demanded that he do.  I expect a falloff — his 2010 was much like his 2008, but the levels he showed between 2005 and 2007 and in 2009 may be a safer bet — but at only two years he’s worth the gamble.

  1. apbaguy - Nov 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    I think this is a very nice reward, and I agree that a falloff is to be expected. Hitting .900 OPS in AT&T requires a super effort, or super luck on BIP. As Neyer and Shandler, et al, have pointed out, hitters’ performances fall in a range that can be surprisingly broad for a given individual, and Huff’s near .900 OPS at AT&T is toward the top of his range.

  2. weil0054 - Nov 23, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    So, when Belt is ready, Huff just moves to DH, right? Wait a minute…

  3. yankeesfanlen - Nov 23, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Where’s the Groucho joke Craig?

  4. Kevin S. - Nov 23, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    They’ll be regretting this contract by June. Huff’s been better than league-average twice in the past six years (though to be fair, you could also cut that as twice in the past three). Still not sure why we should buy into any expectation that he’ll justify either year of this contract, much less both. He a high-variance player, and the Giants are paying him as if the ceiling is actually the expectation.

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