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"


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$1529282
4 years 7 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.

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The_Thrill_22
4 years 7 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!

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4 years 7 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.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 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.

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Vail Beach
4 years 7 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.

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timlinCYecum55
4 years 7 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.

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4 years 7 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.

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4 years 7 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.

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timlinCYecum55
4 years 7 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.

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timlinCYecum55
4 years 7 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.

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4 years 7 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?

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timlinCYecum55
4 years 7 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.

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timlinCYecum55
4 years 7 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.

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timlinCYecum55
4 years 7 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.

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InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 7 months ago

The thong hasn’t worked out for Giambi lately…

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55saveslives
4 years 7 months ago

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

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Bob George
4 years 7 months ago

Yes, I’m sure the thong is responsible.

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timlinCYecum55
4 years 7 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.

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timlinCYecum55
4 years 7 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.

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HummBaby
4 years 7 months ago

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

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4 years 7 months ago

We?

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stl_cards16
4 years 7 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.

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4 years 7 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.

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jfretless
4 years 7 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.

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4 years 7 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.

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55saveslives
4 years 7 months ago

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

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giantsfan4life
4 years 7 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.

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souldrummer
4 years 7 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.

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melonis_rex
4 years 7 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.

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redsox927
4 years 7 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

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4 years 7 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.

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sojuboi
4 years 7 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…

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The_Thrill_22
4 years 7 months ago

Now they need to resign Uribe

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$1529282
4 years 7 months ago

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

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4 years 7 months ago

Uribe is St. Louis bound!

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Bye Bye Baby Bonanza
4 years 7 months ago

OOOOO-REEBAY will be back in San Francisco!

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4 years 7 months ago

2/22 for Huff? Are you kidding me?

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Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

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

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4 years 7 months ago

Way over paid for Huff.