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Free Agent Profile: Aubrey Huff

Aubrey Huff

Aubrey Huff is a 29-year-old veteran who can best be described as “useful”.  While his best days at the plate are likely behind him (2002-2004), he can still play a darn good 3rd-base, right-field, and, if needbe, 1st-base.  Huff still has some pop left in his bat and that combined with his solid defense will have several teams looking to snag him off the free agent wire. 

Here are Huff’s base statistics for 2006, a season which he split between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Houston Astros…

  • Batting Average: .267
  • On-Base Percentage: .344 — decent, especially for his BA
  • Slugging Percentage: .469
  • OPS: .813
  • Doubles: 25
  • Triples: 2
  • Homeruns: 21 — remember, he had just 454AB’s
  • RBI: 66
  • Runs: 57
  • Stolen Bases/Caught Stealing: 0/0
  • Walks: 50
  • Strikeouts: 64

Nothing too spectacular among those statistics, but the 21HR in 454AB’s will stand out for some GM’s.  A full season for a regular is at least 500-550AB’s, and figuring that Huff hits roughly 1HR per 21.6AB’s, that’s about 24-25HR, which is quite solid for a “useful” player. 

Unfortunately, there’s very little to be said for Huff’s situational statistics (below); actually there’s a lot of negative things I can say, but as the saying goes, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. 

  • Bases Empty: .272/.350/.534 — those aren’t half-bad, but watch this…
  • Runners On: .261/.339/.401 — what happened to that SLG?
  • RISP: .181/.287/.304 — yikes/ouch/wow that’s bad
  • RISP w/2 outs: .182/.333/.318 — I could hit better with a broomstick
  • Bases Loaded: .375/.375/.500

Those were awful.  Here’s another situational statistic to show you that Huff isn’t the hitter he once was…

  • Man on 3rd (0-1 out): .167/.235/.208 — Huffin’, puffin’, and whiffin’

That’s just ugly.  Maybe things will get better as we take a look at the split stats for Huff…

  • Vs. Lefties: .233/.303/.383 (4HR) — outfield in, this guy can’t hit against southpaws
  • Vs. Righties: .278/.358/.500 (17HR) — northpaws aren’t as lucky
  • Home (TB and Houston): .263/.344/.489
  • Away: .269/.344/.455
  • Day Games: .231/.304/.392 — anyone know when the sun sets?
  • Night Games: .281/.360/.500 — add a couple of fireworks nights to our schedule

Those weren’t too terrible, though Huff really struggles against left-handers.  He does however, hit righthanded pitchers well, so he may have value in a platoon with a good right-handed infielder/outfielder.  Off the bench, Huff can provide a solid bat against righties, though I wouldn’t pinch hit him if there’s anyone on base (see: Situational Statistics).  That’s all, stats-wise, on Huff. 

Who will enter the Aubrey Huff bidding?

As I said, Aubrey Huff is probably best-suited for a platoon role at this point in his career.  He’s “useful”, for lack of a better word, and can play four positions (counting the corner-outfield spots as 2), as well as provide some pop against right-handed pitchers.  There are several teams looking for such a player, and those are the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, and, to a lesser extent, the Texas Rangers.  So who will he join?  Well…

My prediction: Aubrey Huff signs a 2year deal worth 9Million to join the Seattle Mariners. 

Stats prediction: Huff should hit around .260-.270 with 22-25HR and 65-75RBI in 2007, as a platoon/bench player.  He probably won’t steal any bases. 

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Trades:

The first trade of the offseason was struck-down today, between the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians. 

Padres get…

Infielder Kevin Kouzmanoff

Reliever Andrew Brown

Indians get…

2nd Baseman Josh Barfield

I think this trade will work out well for both sides, as the two teams each filled some holes and dealt from a position where they have other options. 

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Tomorrow’s Profile: Mark Mulder

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Trivia Time!

Yesterday’s question (see — Free Agent Profile: Eric Gagne) was…

When Gagne won the Cy Young Award for his efforts in 2003, he became the second Canadian in MLB history to win the prestigious award.  Who was the first?

The correct answer…

Ferguson Jenkins

Today’s question is…

Aubrey Huff graduated from Brewer High School in Ft. Worth, Texas.  He starred in baseball, but also excelled in another sport.  What was it?

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