The Giants have declined their $10MM club option on Aubrey Huff for 2013, buying the veteran outfielder out for $2MM, reports Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. 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.