Giants Decline Aubrey Huff’s Option

The Giants have declined their $10MM club option on Aubrey Huff for 2013, buying the veteran outfielder out for $2MM, reports Andrew Baggarly of  The move was seen as a foregone conclusion given Huff's lack of performance over the last two seasons.

Huff signed a one-year, $3MM with San Francisco before the 2010 season and exploded for a .290/.385/.506 campaign (plus a .957 OPS in 20 World Series plate appearances), helping lead the Giants to a championship.  Huff signed a two-year, $22MM contract with a $10MM option for 2013 in the aftermath of his big season but hasn't produced nearly as well since, hitting just .239/.309/.359 in 674 plate appearances and struggling with both an anxiety disorder and a knee injury.  It's possible that Huff could consider retirement given his injuries, his age (he turns 36 in December) and the chance to go out on the high note of another World Series title. 

21 Responses to Giants Decline Aubrey Huff’s Option Leave a Reply

  1. nostocksjustbonds 3 years ago

    we won the world series so it must have been worth it. that’s how it works, right?

    • In twenty years, no Giants fan will care how much Aubrey Huff made in 2012. They will care Aubrey Huff contributed in winning a championship in 2010. So the answer, I guess, would be yes!

      • gmenfan 3 years ago

        Agreed completely. He was the driving force for the 2010 season and the Giants were able to add another championship in spite of his efforts this year. People must be really hard up to bicker about this given what’s taken place in the last three years in SF.

        • Patick L 3 years ago

          True, and having an anxiety disorder and being a major leaguer is a tough task to handle. You’re under so much pressure to perform I’m amazed he produced as well as he did while battling it. I also look at is as he was underpaid in 2010, so think of the two year contract as a bonus for time served. :-)

  2. baybombers 3 years ago

    He is done

  3. Casey McMahon 3 years ago

    This guy was one of the Greatest Rays hitters of all time. Sad to see him go out like he did .Pat Burrell went out the same way!

    • Giants 9th Closer of 2012 3 years ago

      sad to see them go out as champions (or potential champ in Huff Daddy’s case) ?

    • DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

      He won 2 World Series Championships and was a key member of the 2010 squad before having his option declined. Unless of course you are a Rays fan…

  4. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    If Giants picked it up, I would have been the guy from the movie “Scanners” :)

  5. Thanks for everything in 2010, Aubrey!

  6. jfretless 3 years ago

    The rally thong has seen better days.

  7. bonds2425 3 years ago

    I would love to get 2mm just to retire. Must be nice

  8. Gumby65 3 years ago

    This should be heavily referenced by the @DodgersGM Twitter account shortly…

    (EDIT: 38 minutes late—really should check Twitter before MLBTR sometimes)

    • TommyL 3 years ago

      Please don’t tell Neddy…

      • gmenfan 3 years ago

        Former Giants player that’s run out of gas … Coletti must be beside himself with anticipation.

        “So Aubrey, how does 3yr./$15M sound ?”

  9. Paul 3 years ago

    these last 2 years were very painful for giants fans watching him play. Personally, I loved what he did in 2010, who didn’t? But he showed up extremely out of shape in 2011 and then the off field issues with the divorce then he hurt his knee climbing a railing. Another example of a guy who got paid and completely phoned it in. His best years were always when he was looking for the next big contract. Good bye Huff. 2 rings and over 25 mill from the giants. Maybe he gets a minor league deal but i’d say he’s done.

  10. AMiller 3 years ago

    Aubrey, thanks for your contributions to this franchise. We’ll never forget 2010, SF’s first championship. You and that group are legends in my book (except Burriss, Velez, and Whiteside)

  11. safari_punch 3 years ago

    Two words. Leg end.

    Remember your heroes!

  12. northsfbay 3 years ago

    Huff led the Giants to their first SF Giants World Championship. Huff will always be a Giants great. Thank you Huff.

  13. WillieMaysField 3 years ago

    Aubrey, Aubrey, Aubrey!!!! Huff, Huff, Huff!!!! Just had to chant it one more time!!!!

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