Following a season marred by knee problems and panic attacks, Aubrey Huff intends to play in 2013 according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The Ed Hayes client has received treatment for the panic attacks and there are no lingering issues.
"He wants to play,'' said Hayes. "He's working out. It's not a matter of physical issues. Nor is it a matter of mental issues, which he's addressed ... Medication is an amazing thing."
Huff, 36, hit .192/.326/.282 in only 95 plate appearances last season and .239/.309/.359 in 674 plate appearances over the last two seasons combined. Heyman likened Huff's current situation to the 2009-2010 offseason, when he was coming off a .241/.310/.384 showing with the Orioles and Tigers. The Giants signed him to a cheap one-year deal and watched him hit .290/.385/.506 with 26 homers en route to the World Series.
Hayes told Heyman that he has spoken to a few teams about his client, but he might have to wait to see how the Lance Berkman situation plays out. Huff is a Fort Worth native and could appeal to the Rangers if they're unable to sign Berkman. The Orioles, Rays, Indians, Red Sox, and Yankees could all add a first baseman/DH before Spring Training.