Tigers All Gain and No Loss in Acquiring Huff

August 18, 2009 at 12:24 pm 2 comments

Aubrey Huff

The Detroit Tigers acquired first baseman Aubrey Huff from the Baltimore Orioles a day ago in exchange for minor leaguer Brett Jacobson.

Huff is having a poor season after having arguably his best season as a pro in 2008 but the Tigers only gave up a minor league reliever to get him and his potentially potent bat.

In Huff’s career he has hit .299/.355/.511 in the second half, not to be out done by his August (.320/.363/.564) and September (.284/.351/.469) numbers. Compare those to his first half numbers of .271/.331/.445 and the Tigers got the better version of Huff for six weeks and, accoriding to Eddie Bajek of Detroit Tigers Thoughts, Huff will be a type-A free agent at the end of the season and the Tigers could get up to two draft picks for him if they offer him arbitration.

This trade has a good chance to awaken Huff’s bat. “I’ve been in last place basically my whole career, so this is an exciting time for me,” Huff said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

The future is a hard thing to predict but this is not a bad trade when all the Tigers gave up was a minor league reliever who is in High-A ball and will be 23 years old in November.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mreed5  |  August 18, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I think I would rather have had Adam Dunn/or Luke Scott. This move makes perfect sense for both teams though. Baltimore can try to resign him in the off season and the Tigers get a good bat for the stretch run. Dombrowski has made three moves this year in which he gave up Matt Joyce, Luke French, and Bret Jacobsen for All Star Edwin Jackson, Under 3 era Jarrod Washburn, and a veteran batter in Aubrey Huff. Can you say executive of the year if the Tigers make the playoffs.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 18, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Dombrowski has done a fantastic job. Baltimore will not resign Huff in the offseason. They are focusing on getting younger and he doesn’t fit their team anymore. Baltimore is going to be very good in two years.


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