Detroit Tigers Acquire Aubrey Huff from Baltimore Orioles for Minor Leaguer

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IAugust 17, 2009

BALTIMORE - JULY 30:  First baseman Aubrey Huff #17 of the Baltimore Orioles plays defense against the Kansas City Royals during MLB action at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 30, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles defeated the Royals 7-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers have been eyeing a left-handed bat for quite some time now.

Finally, on Monday, they accomplished that mission.

On Aug. 17, the Tigers completed a waiver wire deal with the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Aubrey Huff.  Detroit sent minor-league pitcher Brett Jacobson to the O's.

In Aubrey Huff's 10 seasons with three different teams, he has hit .284 with 201 career home runs and a .818 OPS.

His power from the left side adds great versatility in the Tigers lineup now.

Huff, mainly a first baseman or designated hitter, will most likely be an everyday player in the middle of the Detroit lineup.

Now, the question becomes, where do they play Aubrey Huff?

The plans are to move Carlos Guillen out of the designated hitter role and place him in left field, most likely sending Ryan Raburn or Clete Thomas back down to Triple-A Toledo.

Aubrey Huff would be the Tigers everyday DH, and when Miguel Cabrera needs a break at first, he could fill in.

On the other end of the deal, Brett Jacobson was ranked as the Tigers 10th best prospect.  At the Single-A level, Jacobson went 1-3 this season with a 3.74 ERA in over 55 innings of work.

Detroit paid a very cheap price to get a player of Huff's nature.

The Tigers will pick up the rest of Aubrey Huff's $8 million contract to finish off 2009, and he will be able to play in the postseason if necessary.  At the end of the season, Huff will become a free agent.