Giants Sign Aubrey Huff

The Giants officially signed first baseman Aubrey Huff to a one-year, $3MM deal today.  The deal was first reported Sunday by Dennis O'Donnell of CBS5 in San Francisco.

Huff split his time between first base and DH last year.  Though he has played hundreds of major league games at third, he figures to play first for the Giants. Pablo SandovalMark DeRosa and Juan Uribe are all in the mix for time at the corner infield positions, so Bruce Bochy will have lots of options.

Huff, 33, hit .241/.310/.384 in 2009. He will presumably pick up some at bats from Travis Ishikawa, who is seven years younger than Huff and plays better defense. Ishikawa hit .261/.329/.387 last year in 113 games at first base, so he was more productive than Huff at the plate, too.

As MLBTR's Mike Axisa points out on River Ave. Blues, the move appears to lessen the chances that Johnny Damon ends up in San Francisco. The Braves and Yankees could still be fits for Damon, but the Yanks' interest likely depends on Damon's willingness to lower his demands. This also limits the market for Adam LaRoche; the Mets and Orioles have openings at first, but few other teams do.


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55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

Somewhere Adam LaRoche just let out a loud school girl scream!

drumzalicious
5 years 6 months ago

indeed

dodgers_suck
5 years 6 months ago

i wonder how far you could hear it?

atlbraves312
5 years 6 months ago

I heard it from my house.

5 years 6 months ago

If a LaRoche screams and no one is around to hear him, does he make a sound?

Septhinox
5 years 6 months ago

Was that LaRoche or Damon? lol

vtadave
5 years 6 months ago

At 33, he seems a bit young for the Giants…I guess a one-year deal doesn’t hurt, but he obviously fell off the map quickly last year.

55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

Typical dodger fan reaction. Maybe you haven’t noticed how young the team is these days…..

vtadave
5 years 6 months ago

Young? Maybe if Posey actually starts in the big leagues, but the Giants are now old at 1B, 2B, SS, LF, and CF. Relax though, it was a tonge-in-cheek comment. I’m actually envious of some of the young talent there, especially on the pitching side and at catcher, especially considering how disappoint Martin has been since 2007.

55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

So over 30 is old? Rowand/Sanchez are 31. In fact, only 8 players are over 30 on the entire roster, one of those being a back up catcher and one a setup man.

WillieMaysField
5 years 6 months ago

And as of today nobody over 34.

5 years 6 months ago

“So over 30 is old?” Absolutely, its all downhill from there to the grave.

SheaGoodbye
5 years 6 months ago

I like this signing, don’t love it, but like it. 3 million for his bat even with his age and declining production is still pretty good.

DickAlmighty
5 years 6 months ago

(THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A REPLY TO GIANTS FAN 805 BELOW)

I’d say it’s low reward, low risk. You pretty much know what you’re getting with Huff. There’s not a huge upside there. That said, I think this is a pretty good sign by the Giants. He’s coming off a rough season, but he had terrible luck on balls in play (his BABIP was in the .260 range). He should bounce back and provide about what a 33-year-old Aubrey Huff would provide: 270 AVG, 340 OBP, 440 SLG, 15-20 HR. That’s decent production for a $3m/1-yr commitment. Also, there’s potential upside in the fact that Huff has been facing some tough pitching the last five years (in the AL East), and coming over to the NL West (relatively weaker competition) should be a benefit to him.

GiantsFan805
5 years 6 months ago

High reward, low risk. Not the high impact signing we have been hoping for but a step forward in making this team better than it was in 2009.

tradecastilloplease
5 years 6 months ago

Is it just me or have the Giants changed their whole TEAM for AROD money? This recession is the best thing that could’ve happened to SF.

Last year they picked up Freddy Sanchez a 300 hitting 2b and Renteria for SS
So far this winter:
Mark Derosa LF/RF who can hit 20 HR and 80 RBI
Aubrey Huff for 3B who can give you 20-25 with 90-100
And I’m sure they’re still talking to
1B Adam Laroche (they will surely get on the cheap) who can give the 20-25 and 80-100 and Johnny Damon for LF (if they offer 8 mill he’s theirs because he’s a Boras client)
I’m not saying they win the west but they would definately be the most improved.
That’s a complete overhaul of 6 of 8 everyday positions with some very good player in less than a year.
2B Sanchez 6.2
SS Renteria 8.2
CF ROWAND 9.6 (current)
3B Huff 3.0
RF Derosa 6.0
1B LaRoche 5.0 ???
LF Damon 8.0 ????
THATS 36 MILLON TO REDO THE WHOLE DAMN LINEUP ASIDE FROM ROWAND and Catcher!
And the best 1-2-3 punch in their division with Linceum / Cain / Zito? Watch out Dodgers.

rockiesfan_303
5 years 6 months ago

um… sandoval?? huff a 3B? i think not.

tradecastilloplease
5 years 6 months ago

I’m not SF fan just looking at the rumors and how wisely they look to be spending their money. If they pull off these other 2 Derosa, Laroche and Huff all play multiple positions and Damon is one of the best leadoff men in MLB. If you add their offense to Sandoval, Sanchez & Rowand it is an amazing improvement.

RF Derosa
CF Rowand
LF Damon / Laroche either one that signs
3B Huff
2B Sanchez
SS Renteria / Uribe
1B Sandoval
C Torrealba / Barrajas (Rox signed a catcher) Barajjas will be cheap replacement for Molina

scottbravesfan19
5 years 6 months ago

I think Laroche in LF would be a disaster. He has zero speed.

crashcameron
5 years 6 months ago

not an SF fan!?!??!
are you even a baseball fan???
Laroche in LF??? Huff regularly at 3b??? have Shierholtz UNdevelop on the bench??
you make Brian Sabean look like a freakin’ genius

tradecastilloplease
5 years 6 months ago

Have you read any of the press releases? OR Are you waiting for someone to read them to you? Huff was signed to split time between 1B /3B. Go ahead find a 3rd grader to pronounce the BIG words for you, we will all wait. GOT SOMEONE? Good! He has spent the majority of time the last 2 years @ ……..3B, Derosa 1B/LF/RF.Don’t be mad at me because you GUYS SUCK in San Fran……LOL get it YOU GUYS SUCK IN SAN FRAN. They have improved, You’ll still SUCK…..(that never gets old) but at least your team will have improved. Now put your purse down and let the 2nd grader get back to watching cartoons! CHECKMATE!

agiantfan
5 years 6 months ago

Sandoval had the best OPS in baseball for 3B last year. No chance Huff takes 3B away from him.

5 years 6 months ago

Come on Giants…You serious? This is NOT the power hitter we needed, rather like DeRosa another piece to the puzzle. WE NEED MORE HITTING!

55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

He had 32 jacks in 08. If he can get close to that, it will be a helluva sign

5 years 6 months ago

I completely agree..but that will be a helluva accomplishment, lol.

55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

I’m hoping for 25…

That’s fair :)

DickAlmighty
5 years 6 months ago

His HR/FB rate (# HR / # flyballs) in 2008 was 15%. In 2007 and 2009, it was 9%. 2008 was an outlier.

25 is probably optimistic. My guess is 20 is about your upside on HR’s.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 6 months ago

good not great pickup. more and more its looking like jermaine dye is will be in right field.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

The Giants need a big bat, this was not the move to put them in playoff contention IMO

Redbirds16
5 years 6 months ago

Indeed, the Giants have a bunch of parts, it seems, but no real cohesion. If Bochy wins with that collection of players it’ll be a great feat of managing. That’s a lot of similar production players competing for playing time. I thought one of the aging LFers was a better fit myself, but of course I’m not Sabean.

MLB_in_the_Know
5 years 6 months ago

Enough with the Damon to Braves talk…

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

If the Braves had money it’d be a good fit. Maybe a back-loaded contract of 6-10, but yeah, the Braves would still need an extra 3 mill. I think they’d rather go with Super2Heyward or Melky for 2 months while giving Diaz a full job instead of throwing him back into the back-up section. They seem set on giving Prado and Diaz full jobs this year. I would rather see Damon or O-Dog lead-off than McLouth though.

MLB_in_the_Know
5 years 6 months ago

Back-loaded contract???? So you want to sign him for how many years? Are you kidding?

The Braves simply don’t have the money for Damon. Unless he is willing to take a 1 year 3 million offer (clearly he is not) there is no way for him to end up in a Braves uniform.

I am fully confident in a Diaz/Melky LF, McLouth in CF and Heyward in RF.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

Hmm, maybe you didn’t understand me. I meant 2/16. 6 the 1st and 10 the 2nd. The FA class next year wont be any better for him to compete with and the Braves will be a cheaper team next year since they would likely get rid of Glaus, Diaz or Melky, and 1 other while replacing them with people making the team minimum in Schafer, Freeman, Heyward. I only meant back-loaded 4 mil in a 2 year contract… but that is still riding on the fact that the Braves would need to spend 13 mil next year or scuffle up an extra 3 mil this year.

5 years 6 months ago

Looks like he’ll be the Giants first basemen. Seems like Mark DeRosa plays a lot of left field and Jhonny Damon has one less option.

tunstel
5 years 6 months ago

Why did they let Garko go if they were just going to sign an older version of the same player?

5 years 6 months ago

Exactly what I was thinking. Huff has as bit more power and better intangibles but this isn’t much of an upgrade really.

5 years 6 months ago

garko has never had a 30/100 season.

DickAlmighty
5 years 6 months ago

If only this were the 2007 offseason…

A repeat of Huff’s 2008 season is an unrealistic expectation.

DickAlmighty
5 years 6 months ago

Huff is left-handed. He does a better job of balancing the lineup than Garko would have. Giants have a lot of right-handed hitters (Posey, Sanchez, Renteria, DeRosa, Rowand).

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

YES! This could be the bat the Giants need. Aubrey Huff is the man!

jcrabtree7
5 years 6 months ago

I believe Tim said during one of the chats last month that he thought Aubrey Huff would go unsigned this offseason and I was very puzzled by it. Oh well Tim, we can’t pick them all. If we could, I would be winning that Free Agency Frenzy on MLB.com every year, haha.

5 years 6 months ago

StevenwithaPH here guys, I think this is a good signing, $3 for someone who could, and I emphasize could, actually hit over 20 bombs and has some plate discipline! He’s cheaper than Garko would have been and considering they G-men offered LaRoach $17 over 2 years, they just saved a ton of money for probably similar numbers.

GiantsFan805
5 years 6 months ago

The signing also increases the Giants likelihood of going after a 5th starter or Torrealba on a one-year deal. This year’s free agent market just isn’t that good apart from the two big bats signed by the Cards and Mets.

5 years 6 months ago

Torrealba’s agent knows posey is the future, unlikely he would sign a one year deal.

Redbirds16
5 years 6 months ago

Most teams say similar things every offseason about one or 2 players, but they bust. (Some) Cards fans were saying Ankiel and Chris Duncan could each hit 20 last year…

Giants have a pretty deep lineup now, granted they don’t have the Pujols-Holliday combo, but they’ve managed to add a lot of mid-level players who swing a pretty good stick. If everyone performs (including a Comeback Player performance from Renteria) they’ll be formidable with the pitching they’ve got.

diehardmets
5 years 6 months ago

I though they should’ve signed Beltre, and then when he was off the market LaRoche. Huff has some pop left though. At least thats one less possible landing place for Delgado, so his price drops a little more.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Well maybe, but between a very truncated season last year, two measly teams keeping him on radar, and being a candidate for an incentive-laden deal, just how high is Delgado’s price likely to be anyway?

5 years 6 months ago

the only other options would be maybe Baltimore and Toronto…
if the rays can shed salary ( aka Burrell ) I saw them as a potential fit

im just glad the yanks never looked at him..if Damon hits 24…he would hit 50 HR in that joint

5 years 6 months ago

then the mets would have to hear it….every day…several times a day…from yankee fans

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Actually, it would be Mets FANS hearing it all day & night from Yankees fans…but I hear you.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah, the two teams I was counting were the Mets & O’s. I only heard a passing reference to bringing him back to Toronto and it didn’t sound like the idea was getting serious consideration. As for the Rays moving Burrell, I could be wrong but mathematically I might express that idea as: Burrell:Rays = Castillo:Mets!

5 years 6 months ago

I’d add the White Sox as at least a possibility, you never know what Kenny’s thinking. The new Thome.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Ahh…interesting idea. And yeah, Kenny is willing to think outside the box – and then act on it (pretty refreshing for a GM). Something to watch!

diehardmets
5 years 6 months ago

Jesus…they should have signed him instead of Johnson…

SS Jeter (18 HR)
2B Cano (22 HR)
1B Texiera (35 HR)
3B A-Rod (50 HR)
DH Delgado (40 HR)
C/DH Posada (20 HR)
RF Swisher (15 HR)
CF Grandeson (20 HR)
LF Gardner (2 HR)

That woluld be even more ridiculous….that’s apoximately 222 homeruns.

I’m still hoping the Mets go for him.

drumzalicious
5 years 6 months ago

So Adam LaRoche essentially shot himself in the foot and has nowhere to go except the Orioles basically.

Also Damon will not be on the Braves unless his asking price comes down to like 3-4mil

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I think that LaRoche would be a better fit on the O’s Anyway. But i think Carlos Delgado would be a better fit on the O’s. Could the Orioles be a fit for Jermaine Dye as a DH if they either trade Luke Scott or put him at first?

5 years 6 months ago

The O’s should just sign everybody!

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

Wow what a kick in the balls to Adam laroche, his only suitor now is what? The mets LOL

atlbraves312
5 years 6 months ago

the O’s actually.

DickAlmighty
5 years 6 months ago

Other teams that might be interested in LaRoche:

The A’s (though probably not at more than the Giants offered)
The Mets (to replace Delgado, if Omar has a brain)
The Padres (if Boston finally buckles and gives up its entire farm system for A-Gon)
The O’s

I don’t think LaRoche is as limited in his options as people think he is.

LaRoche is a 275/350/480, 25 HR first-baseman. Someone will want that offense at the right price. LaRoche may not get a $17m total contract, but he wasn’t necessarily dumb to turn down the Giants offer… A two-year deal for 30-year-old can be the kiss of death; would take him right though the last two years of his so-called “peak,” and then leave him high-and-dry back on the free agent market.

Laroche may end up taking a one-year, “show me” deal for $5m, and making out better in the long run than if he’d accepted the Giants offer.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

You’re right in theory, but the Mets organization (yes, I’d say it goes beyond Omar) has quietly demonstrated a predisposition to stick with Delgado unless something really drastic happens to him – say in winter ball. It’s not the wide net I’d like to see them cast, but that is what I’ve sensed since the season ended.

DickAlmighty
5 years 6 months ago

Dumb — barring a catastrophic barrage of injuries (like the one they had last year), the Mets have four of the best offensive players at their respective positions in baseball (Wright, Reyes, Beltran, Bay). The rest of the Mets lineup should be solid producers, who can simply play a secondary role, and who DON’T HAVE A HISTORY OF GETTING INJURED … the oil that allows the engine to run.

LaRoche is a sure thing (150 G – 275/350/470, 20-25 HR). Delgado’s a lotto ticket. When you got a strong core, you go with the sure thing and let your stars do the work.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Right on all counts, but the one bit of slack I will give them is in the aspect of contract length. No team is in love with LaRoche’s demands for a 3-year deal (at 31.5 MM), and the Mets’ unwillingness to offer more than 2 years to any FA not named Jason Bay is well known. More importantly, 1B prospect Ike Davis is about a year away from the big leagues, so handing an expensive 3-yr deal to a 1B who would only be needed for one of those years would be foolish. However, the offseason is not over yet and LaRoche my yet come back to reality. If he did and was willing to ‘settle’ for 2 years, I think the Mets would be nuts not to try to bring him on board. Besides providing steady power and defense at 1B, he would also offer insurance if Davis needed more time to develop than expected. If not, the team could always trade him for that 2nd year…and if they couldn’t? Hey…a nice problem for them to have, for once!

melonis_rex
5 years 6 months ago

A’s – have Barton in MLB and Carter in the minors who could play 1B or DH

Padres – if AGon is traded, Blanks is starting 1B

and, Huff shouldn’t be starting at 1B, period. not a good idea at all.

stocktopus
5 years 6 months ago

This is a perfect example of low-cost, high upside move. If he doesn’t bounce back, then it’s only 3 mil down the drain. But if 2008 Huff shows up, it’s a HUGE steal. I like that tradeoff. He has a lower downside than Laroche, actually a higher upside, and costs less than half of what Laroche costs.

Sabean, I approve.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

Pretty sure 08 was huff’s career year.. Maybe something like a .275 BA with 20 HR and 75-90 RBI’s which isn’t bad at all for 3 million

xTheHalosx
5 years 6 months ago

No its not, good pick up for a good price. Giant fans can’t complain about that

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

There is no reason for Travis Ishikawa to be the starting first baseman. Aubrey Huff will have a comeback season and play 150+ games at first for the giants

WillieMaysField
5 years 6 months ago

Ish will probably be DFA before opening day unless there’s an injury.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I hope you are right. But what ever happens, this still isn’t a 100% quality signing. I wouldn’t call Huff or DeRosa “big bats” and Brian Sabean wasted the money on these two plus Uribe when he could have made a succesful trade or signed Matt Holliday or Jason Bay. or Adrian Beltre for that matter. Brian Sabean did not bring the Giants a division title unless he’s not done shopping. Possibly make a trade for David Dejesus or at least somebody. Now that i think about it. Unless Huff returns to his 08 form, This signing is an upgrade over Ishikawa but it’s still not “that bat” unless Aubrey proves to be the ’08 Aubrey Huff as I just said.

5 years 6 months ago

That would be tragic. What are they hoping for? That guys come up from the farm system and can hit at home — b/c free agents don’t want to come. Ish bangs at home, and what happens? He doesn’t get a chance.

5 years 6 months ago

Well I guess they had to sign someone.