Aubrey Huff's photo, above, has him on the bench, probably looking on while Brandon Belt starts at first base for the Giants. That is really where he belongs at this point. Huff is making $10 million this season to be a part-time player, and while Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, won't fully commit to playing Belt over Huff, it is only a matter of time.
Huff is due another $10 million in 2013, but the Giants would be wise to buy him out for the $2 million option that they have. Huff is hitting .155/.296/.256 this season after hitting .246/.306/.370 in the first year of his two-year, $22 million deal. If you take a look at his career, Huff has an interesting trend in his career. I reported on my blog, back in July of 2011 (here):
"Huff was an All-Star caliber player from 2002 to 2004, averaging 33 doubles, 29 homers, and 90 RBI for the then-lowly Devil Rays. He was a light in the world of darkness that faced the early struggles of the franchise. Huff then began a trend in 2005 that has carried over up to this season, though, 2005 was a solid season overall, his slash line took a hit when compared to his three-year breakout. Aubrey Huff is an All-Star in even-numbered years and a dud in odd-numbered years. Take a look:
2005: .261/.321/.428, .749 OPS, 26 2B, 22 HR, 92 RBI
2006: .267/.344/.469, .813 OPS, 25 2B, 21 HR, 66 RBI
2007: .280/.337/.442, .779 OPS, 34 2B, 15 HR, 72 RBI
2008: .304/.360/.552, .912 OPS, 48 2B, 32 HR, 108 RBI
2009: .241/.310/.384, .694 OPS, 30 2B, 15 HR, 85 RBI
2010: .290/.385/.506, .891 OPS, 35 2B, 26 HR, 86 RBI"
Huff continued his "not good" trend in odd years in 2011 and he is proving my hypothesis wrong for even years, to this point. Huff is about as done as it gets right now, whether Bochy believes it or not is the biggest factor in the productiveness of the Giants lineup for the remainder of the year.