Giants Re-Sign Aubrey Huff

The Giants re-signed first baseman Aubrey Huff to a two-year, $22MM deal today.  The contract pays $10MM per year and includes a $10MM club option for 2013 with a $2MM buyout.  The deal does not include a no-trade clause, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Huff, 34 next month, hit .290/.385/.506 in 668 plate appearances for the World Champion Giants in a resurgent season.

The Giants inked Huff to a one-year, $3MM deal in January of this year, which turned out to be one of that offseason's top bargains after he finished seventh in the NL MVP voting.  Given Huff's age, defensive abilities, and struggles in 2009, plus the robust free agent market for first basemen, the new commitment comes with plenty of risk at $11MM per year.  Huff hired Ed Hayes as his agent a few weeks ago, clearly a smart move.  Giants GM Brian Sabean told reporters that he got clearance to match an offer Huff received from another team.

Four of five MLBTR writers polled on November 10th predicted Huff would re-sign with the Giants.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports was first to report Huff's agreement today, while Tribune News Services added contract details.


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194 Comments on "Giants Re-Sign Aubrey Huff"


$1529282
4 years 9 months ago

Overpay, but it could work. I’d have drawn the line at 2/18. I thought Huff would stay in SF on a 2/16 deal… he just hasn’t had the consistency throughout the past few years to warrant an $11M salary. You never really know what you’re gonna get with Huff.

The_Thrill_22
4 years 9 months ago

He is a great clubhouse guy. We wouldn’t have won the series without his play on the field and his presence in the clubhouse. Rally thong baby!

4 years 9 months ago

“he’s a great clubhouse guy”

If you have to resort to using cliches, you probably are rationalizing. I’d love for Huff to do what he did last year in San Fran, but let’s hope he doesn’t fall into old habits.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

Can you base incentives off of a “great clubhouse guy”? $50k for every hot foot? $25k for evey “Hang in their kid you’ll get the next one”. An extra $50k for every pie in the face received.

Congrats to the Giants. Good to see them keeping the team intact for another run. An extra bat might help too.

Vail Beach
4 years 9 months ago

Maybe teams should get a 26th roster spot for GCG, which could be anybody with the gift of making a clubhouse fun, easing tensions, etc. The rule, however, would be that GCG’s can’t play, and the top salary is $2 million. But they would be first at the top of the dugout steps to up-high a homer hitter. This way, every team could have one GCG, and could reserve the 25 roster spots for people with bad personalities but who can play the game.

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

It’s a cliche for a reason, clubhouse guys are a necessary component to any good team. Even if his production drops his leadership and ability to keep a young team grounded and relaxed is invaluable.

4 years 9 months ago

You are right, it’s a cliche for a reason. That reason resides in the fact that people need justification for saying things they can’t support otherwise.

I mean you can’t quantitatively prove hes not a great clubhouse guy, so its a great remark to fall back on when you have to justify a player.

4 years 9 months ago

Given that Giants fans are going to be watching him play, if they like the way he plays and puts butts in seats, then it’s absolutely a reason to give him more money. Fans like him as a clubhouse leader and generally find him to be an entertaining player. When it comes down to it, sports is still its own branch of the entertainment industry. And personally, I’d rather watch players I like than a great player who’s a total tool, sometimes even at the cost of marginal value.

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

You don’t need stats to prove/know whether a player is a positive or negative clubhouse presence. Just because you can’t quantitatively prove milton bradley is locker room poison doesn’t make him any less of a jerk. You can’t prove Huff was locker room glue, but it’s plain to see. He was a HUGE factor in regards to team chemistry. Numbercruncher fans just can’t seem to grasp the fact that intangibles are every bit as important as tangible stats, as proven by the Giants’ WS victory. Think it would have happened without the best chemistry in the league? Think they would have had that chemistry without Huff? Another intangible you simply can’t prove/measure, yet it is one of the most important and often overlooked aspects of the game.

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

No one needs to justify resigning Huff, the way he is viewed by fans and most importantly his teammates, as well as the shiny rings and trophy are justification enough. And you CAN quantitatively prove that he had a top 10 year at the plate in the NL. Overpay, yes. But I’d much rather see Huff get a couple million more than what stats suggest he deserves, than lose a team leader and some of the best hitting on the team.

4 years 9 months ago

This guy was run out of TB for being a jerk, complained publicly about his time in TB and BAL, and has played on how many 90 loss teams? Did he become a “great clubhouse guy” in one year?

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

To answer your question in a word, YES. I don’t know if he just grew up and matured or what, but all we’ve seen in SF is a great sense of humor and strong veteran leadership. He has mentioned that playing on a contending team for the first time in his career has rejuvenated him, as evidenced by his stellar offensive and defensive numbers this season. I know very little of his time in the AL, but if what you’re saying is accurate then apparently he has completely turned around in the year he’s been here. He is very well respected and well-liked by everyone in SF-fans, coaches, front office, and especially his teammates. You can ask any Giants fan, they will tell you the same.

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

Funny, Burrell is almost the exact same story. When he was in TB he was disliked by fans and teammates, regarded as a bust and a sourpuss, then came to San Francisco and did a complete 180. His numbers shot through the roof and he gelled with his teammates immediately. It may be hard for you to believe this based on what you’ve seen being a Rays fan, but Huff and Burrell were regarded as the veteran leaders on the team this year.

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

Funny, Burrell is almost the exact same story. When he was in TB he was disliked by fans and teammates, regarded as a bust and a sourpuss, then came to San Francisco and did a complete 180. His numbers shot through the roof and he gelled with his teammates immediately. It may be hard for you to believe this based on what you’ve seen being a Rays fan, but Huff and Burrell were regarded as the veteran leaders on the team this year.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

The thong hasn’t worked out for Giambi lately…

55saveslives
4 years 9 months ago

The ring on Huff’s finger showed it works quite well for him..

Bob George
4 years 9 months ago

Yes, I’m sure the thong is responsible.

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

Asinine remark. No one is claiming that a red thong was responsible for a WS victory. It and the guy wearing it kept the team loose down the stretch and in the postseason, a big reason the Giants were so successful.

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

Asinine remark. No one is claiming that a red thong was responsible for a WS victory. It and the guy wearing it kept the team loose down the stretch and in the postseason, a big reason the Giants were so successful.

HummBaby
4 years 9 months ago

It’s all about the rhinestones. Giambi’s was lacking.

4 years 9 months ago

We?

stl_cards16
4 years 9 months ago

Why does everyone get so upset with people who say “we” when referring to their favorite teams? Who cares? I do the same thing too. I put alot of money and time into all of my favorite teams. It’s not like he is implying he played for the team. True fans invest alot into their teams, and IMO have the right to say “we” when referring to the team if they please.

4 years 9 months ago

Oh it’s ok when I do it, but when someone else does it I see it as an opportunity to feel better about myself by belittling them.

jfretless
4 years 9 months ago

I used to think saying “we” was, at least very least, lame. …until I truly became a fan of the Giants in 1989. Going to games, listened or watched every game, was apart of every up and down, in short, got emotionally invested into the team. After all the “we” we’ve been through over all these years, I think using “we” is justified.

4 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t have even minded giving him a 3rd year (though riskier in the NL) for $8-9 million. $11 million seems a bit pricey. I mean I think Dunn will only get maybe $13 million a year over 3.

55saveslives
4 years 9 months ago

No third year…Brandon Belt is just about ready to be called up.

giantsfan4life
4 years 9 months ago

The Giants site is saying there’s a 10MM club option for a 3rd year with a 2MM buyout, so there can be a 3rd year if it’s warranted.

souldrummer
4 years 9 months ago

Guess the guy has marketing value at this point which makes him a mandatory must sign. He’s at a point where his value is more to the Giants than anywhere else. Plus there’s almost some back dollars for being such value last year.

melonis_rex
4 years 9 months ago

I can see the marketing there. I guess PAPI sending that box of thongs to the Giants’ clubhouse had value. Clubhouse perks, per se.

redsox927
4 years 9 months ago

ya, he did finish somewhere around 6 or 7 in the MVP race in the NL. You could have won some serious cash betting anyone that would happen

4 years 9 months ago

Sabean heard from Huff that he got the 2 year, 22 million from another team and he’d stay in SF if they decided to match it. Can’t blame them.

sojuboi
4 years 9 months ago

Can’t blame this on Sabean right now though. He would have gotten heat for not resigning Huff. Other teams would have gladly given the same amount or more for Huff considering he got his numbers at AT&T. I think it’s a good signing with all the inflation and stuff…

The_Thrill_22
4 years 9 months ago

Now they need to resign Uribe

$1529282
4 years 9 months ago

Probably for something like 3/21 based on this deal. Yeesh.

4 years 9 months ago

Uribe is St. Louis bound!

Bye Bye Baby Bonanza
4 years 9 months ago

OOOOO-REEBAY will be back in San Francisco!

4 years 9 months ago

2/22 for Huff? Are you kidding me?

Gumby65
4 years 9 months ago

At least his personality is not befitting of playing in a contract year; now to see if it was a fluke…

4 years 9 months ago

Way over paid for Huff.

jon_ullman
4 years 9 months ago

Why is it that I’ve noticed how tight the Giants payroll is going to be in 2012 but our GM hasn’t? Obviously Huff might continue to hit well but if he has a bad season in 2012 we’ll be paying Zito/Rowand/Huff $45m to ride the bench. I am just not willing to risk that. Now we are forcing our hand to trade Cain or Jonathan Sanchez if we’re going to have any chance of fielding a competitive team in 2012.

InvalidUserID
4 years 9 months ago

$11M is high for Huff though you can’t complain with the season he had and what he meant for that team.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 9 months ago

The chances of Huff living up to the contract is a 50/50. He may either prove hes still got it, or just decline sharply from here on out given his age and like the article said inconsistencies of the past few years.

basemonkey
4 years 9 months ago

Disagree.

He’s 34. He’s being paid to turn in two more 2010-level seasons in his decline years, ages 34-36. The likelihood of him of doing that is pretty low. It means that you’re saying he will be one of those who plays until he’s nearly 40. His 2010 production wasn’t so great that it could endure a dip and still stay at productive levels. If you had to bet your life savings on it, the high percentage bet is that he’s reached his peak this past season, and he is due to decline. Maybe he declines gracefully.

GasLampGuru
4 years 9 months ago

Not to mention he declined in the second half last year. He had a great year, but he’s no $11M player. We’ll see how this contract looks when he’s hitting .255 in July.

4 years 9 months ago

Huff also hit .247/.344/.403 for the first month of the season. Honestly, his slumps at the plate appear to be a product of approach as much as age. If Meulens (the Giants hitting coach) can keep an eye on it and Huff can sustain his improved walk rates at get on base at a .350+ clip, he’ll be valuable to the Giants.

GasLampGuru
4 years 9 months ago

He can’t anything with tilt or break.  He cheats to get the good fastballs and is susceptible to good off-speed stuff.  He’s getting old, his bat is slowing down, and I think you could make the argument that the NL started to figure him out in the last couple months of the season.  He had a great year and was a big reason the Giants won last year, but he’s not capable of maintaining that type of offensive production.

theguy17
4 years 9 months ago

He had one bad year. In 2009. Why are and everyone else saying that 2010 was a fluke year for him when the better case to be made is that 2009 was a fluke bad year for him. Regardless of age, according to him and the trainers he was in the best shape of his life last year.

Yankees420
4 years 9 months ago

While I would agree that Huff’s ’09 season can be considered fluky (mostly due to a .260 BABIP), I would say that Huff’s ’05 season was bad and his ’07 season was mediocre.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 9 months ago

I clearly didn’t write that I expect him to play to his 2010 level until he is fourty, but I think there is still a chance he can produce similar numbers for two more years, but also there is a great risk it won’t happen

Fangraphs has Huff’s WAR at 5.7 in 2010. He’s not being paid to repeat that. If he were, he’d be making 20M+ per year. He can’t have another 2009, but if he puts up two more respectable years he’ll be worth the contract.

55saveslives
4 years 9 months ago

Dang, I was hoping for 2 yr 12-14 mill …Hope we still have some $$$ left!!!

Reaper87
4 years 9 months ago

We’re quickly pricing ourselves out of the market for lots of people. I think we need to find a short term option as SS (Hardy, Bartlett, Scutaro) to not tie up more for 2012-13. We need money to sign guys like Cain and Timmy once their deals end. This deal with Huff means Uribe is not back IMO

Dwan
4 years 9 months ago

Uribe is next.

BalcoBomber
4 years 9 months ago

What do you think? 2/14?

Seligs_Boi
4 years 9 months ago

Thong isn’t under MLB approved apparel. Selig will need to see it removed Aubrey, Selig will be checking himself.

Infield Fly
4 years 9 months ago

EEEEEW!!!

I shouldn’ta read THAT over lunch!

AmericanMovieFan
4 years 9 months ago

I believe I felt that 2 yrs/$16MM with a club option and a $2MM buy out should have been their top offer. But 2/$22MM guaranteed…wow. They obviously are quite grateful to him for that WS title.

4 years 9 months ago

Is it safe to call this the first big overpay of the offseason?

Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

There are plenty more to come.

strikethree
4 years 9 months ago

The Joaquin Benoit signing would be the first.

3 years for a reliever that won’t be your closer at closer-type money?

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

To be fair, he could very well be the closer in 2012 when Valverde’s contract is up.

4 years 9 months ago

You want to bet on him being both healthy and effective then?

timmah_55
4 years 9 months ago

Didn’t everyone say that the 3 million given to Huff last year was an overpay?

4 years 9 months ago

It was an overpay considering the type of player he was. There’s no question that he turned out to be a steal at $3MM but at $11MM??? I don’t see how any other team would’ve come close to that. I guess the Giants wanted to get this done early so they can focus on Uribe and their other needs.

4 years 9 months ago

Reportedly, Sabean was given clearance to match an offer from another club, and did.

4 years 9 months ago

It was an overpay considering the type of player he was. There’s no question that he turned out to be a steal at $3MM but at $11MM??? I don’t see how any other team would’ve come close to that. I guess the Giants wanted to get this done early so they can focus on Uribe and their other needs.

4 years 9 months ago

I think its great that SF was able to keep Huff..I’m not exactly sure he was worth the 11 Mill but a 2 yr deal with an 3rd option is def something he deserved..I was hoping hendry would sign him for a 1 yr deal but alas its not too be. Hopefully He lives upto it for SF and doesn’t pull the Rowand

daveypinstripes
4 years 9 months ago

Is it even a question that the Giants overpaid here? Victor Martinez just inked a deal for less money per year.

AmericanMovieFan
4 years 9 months ago

That’s not true…. 4 years/$50MM comes out to $12.5MM per season, a full $1.5MM more per year. And if you think about this, deal works out to what could essentially be viewed as a back loaded 3 year/$25MM deal with Huff, which works out to about $8.34MM per season, which is commensurate with his previous salary when he was on the Orioles. In that sense it’s a fair deal.

daveypinstripes
4 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the correction. Maybe my Padres’ miser-goggles are getting the best of me here, but Huff may not even be worth $8 MM. In 2007 and 2009 he posted OPS of .778 and .694 respectively. He’s not exactly a defensive wizard out there either.

4 years 9 months ago

Yeah, that 5.4 UZR he put up this season was a real chocolate mess, wasn’t it?

daveypinstripes
4 years 9 months ago

He has a career -6.5 UZR at 1B.

4 years 9 months ago

There’s plenty on record about Huff being in better shape and being better conditioned to play defense, not to mention motivation relative to his years with the basement dwelling Rays and Orioles. I’ll take his more current numbers and risk SSS-itis than take innings from 2003-2006 that probably bear little relevance at this point.

BalcoBomber
4 years 9 months ago

Seems to be the trend with guys trying to rebuild value. I think Huff will work out. Something like 275/340/455 is what I expect. I believe he was over paid — more like 2/18 or 3/24 — but he is worth more to the Giants then anyone else right now.

rootman1010
4 years 9 months ago

if huff can get 2/22, what do you think jeter can get? i know they’re different positions, but his 4 year command doesn’t look so ridiculous anymore.

AmericanMovieFan
4 years 9 months ago

We’re talking about the Giants essentially averaging a guy’s salary out to his previous going rate after a bounce back season, plus rewarding him for carrying the team in their first world series title. Jeter just had, unequivocally, the worst season of his career, he’s 36 and coming off a 10 year contract that averaged $18.9MM per season and he’s basically insulted by an offer for 3 years at $15MM per season. I don’t think the situations are in any way comparable.

BalcoBomber
4 years 9 months ago

+1

STEVEBARTMAN_MVP
4 years 9 months ago

Wow probably a most necessary move by the Giants, but what other team would have coughed up initially about 25 million for two years of Aubrey Huff on the open market? This could be a good move if he plays up to last years standards. Suppose overpaying the guy a little opposed to trying to short him a few million after he gauges the open market more is smarter. Huff was an emotional leader in the clubhouse and carried the team with his bat at times. You need any offense you can get with that amazing staff all coming back next year. A shame Zito and that massive contract is going to be regulated to 5th starter or long reliever. They could be players for Adam Dunn or saving up for a new Lincecum deal in the offseason. If Tim stays healthy and has a repeat year of last year (disregarding an awful August) then they better go all in on a new deal before his free agency clock starts counting down.With guys like Rowand, Zito and Huff on the roster, will they have the resources to lock down Lincecum to a deal mirroring Felix Hernandez’s but better?

4 years 9 months ago

Nope. Can’t wait to see Timmy in a Yankees uni!

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

HA! keep dreaming. If he ever leaves the Giants he will be Seattle-bound. Can you honestly see Lincy in yankee pinstripes? The guy’s gonna get his money but he is not a sellout

4 years 9 months ago

Nah, just playing around.

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

Haha nice thought you were serious.. I’ve heard many delusional Yanks fans who are convinced it’ll actually happen.. too funny

Shikikazu
4 years 9 months ago

Yankee : We’d like you to shave your hair and stop smoking the chronic Mr. Lincecum your a valuable investment and we have a policy on no long hair

Lincecum: heck NO!

Lincecum will be a Giant for his whole career probably

BalcoBomber
4 years 9 months ago

Please. Money talks. The Yanks will just pull up a dumptruck full of cash and he will sign up. I hate the way they buy their teams but when they want someone they just throw money til they get there man.
Seems to be backfiring on them now with the whole Jeter thing.

timlinCYecum55
4 years 9 months ago

HA! keep dreaming. If he ever leaves the Giants he will be Seattle-bound. Can you honestly see Lincy in yankee pinstripes? The guy’s gonna get his money but he is not a sellout

HowdIGetHere
4 years 9 months ago

They will never be players for Adam Dunn. He doesn’t want to play in AT&T, and anecdotally, every time I’ve seen him play there he has been god-awful.

With all the guys in the outfield, and the potential need to slide Huff out to LF to make way for Belt, I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up moving Rowand even if it means eating some of his salary. So there is small relief available. Zito is truly unfortunate and remains one of the worst signings out there.

One thing about the Giants, though, is that they do right by their players, mostly. I mean, you know they just gave Aubrey Huff a 22-million dollar contract. That’s why we’re here. What makes you think they won’t pay guys like Timmy and Cain when the time comes? The feeling of myself and Giants fans I know is that the ownership can afford a larger payroll than they pony up for. If they simply let a guy like Timmy or Cain waltz away they will be universally reviled by the city of San Francisco. The pressure is really on the organization in that respect.

4 years 9 months ago

I think they’ve been gunshy about big investments in a franchise that still was in the “rebuilding stages.” They increased the payroll by $14 million from 2009 to 2010, and will likely crack $100 million this year with the big boost by playoff and merchandise revenues and a larger number of more expensive tickets sold.

turkeyslayer80
4 years 9 months ago

A couple of years back bowtie said that they wanted to see Timmy and Cain to retire as Giants, and that they had money put away to make sure that that would happen.

4 years 9 months ago

2012 will be the big year, as Posey will be arb-eligible, and Cain, Sanchez, Wilson, and Licecum will all be arb-eligible or free agents. Huff and Rowand will be off the books, and Zito will have one year left on his contract.

melonis_rex
4 years 9 months ago

Adam Dunn was smart to not take the Nats’ extension offer. If Huff deserves 2/22, Dunn easily deserves a 60MM contract at his age and level of production.

4 years 9 months ago

Dunn Can’t hit for average or play defense anywhere near Huff. Yeah chicks love his long ball but he can’t do anything else.

BleacherBumSF
4 years 9 months ago

I’m still too happy about winning the World Series to complain about a slight overpay

bring Uribe back next or trade for one of Scutaro/Bartlett/Hardy

move Huff to LF and Brandon Belt will be at 1B and we’re ready to try for a repeat

timmah_55
4 years 9 months ago

I think its a little too early to slot Belt at 1B considering he never saw above AA ball. This contract is perfect because as Huff leaves, Belt would be ready.

4 years 9 months ago

Belt had 13 games in AAA Fresno. And excelling at AFL. I think he is ready to be tested at the big league level, but not ready to say he is ready to step in over Huff at 1B yet.

WiiCat
4 years 9 months ago

He saw 13 games in AAA. Not a lot, but he did well with the time given.

BleacherBumSF
4 years 9 months ago

he played in Fresno and tore it up and tore it up in the Arizona Fall League

if he kills it in the Spring don’t be surprised to see him on the opening day starting lineup

timmah_55
4 years 9 months ago

I think its a little too early to slot Belt at 1B considering he never saw above AA ball. This contract is perfect because as Huff leaves, Belt would be ready.

David Tiao
4 years 9 months ago

Guaranteed 22 doesn’t mean 2/22 because there is a 3rd year option.

It could be a 9.5/10/10 with a 2.5 buyout for the 3rd year.