Tigers Acquire Aubrey Huff: So What?

Matt SCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 20:  Aubrey Huff #17 of the Baltimore Orioles bats against the New York Yankees on July 20, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers have reportedly sent Brett Jacobson to Baltimore in exchange for Aubrey Huff.

Huff (.253, 13 HR, 72 RBI), has spent time with Tampa Bay, Houston, and Baltimore and has played first base, third base, and right field.

So what does this mean for the Tigers down the stretch?

Miguel Cabrera has the first base position locked up but Huff is more than adequate with the glove should Cabrera need a rest or, knock on wood, get injured.

Huff could see some time at third base if the skipper decides Brandon Inge’s knees need rest, but his defensive ability at the hot corner probably more closely resembles that of Ryan Raburn.

Huff last played in the outfield in 2006. He could possibly see some games out there, but to me Clete Thomas, Raburn, and Magglio Ordonez are all better options defensively. I may even throw Marcus Thames’ name in there.

Huff was available well before the waiver deadline passed which means he’s one of those “DH type” players Dave Dombrowski didn’t think the Tigers needed at the time.

So where does Huff fit in with the Tigers now? (Save the batting average jokes)

He fits in at DH, of course.

It appears that Carlos Guillen may once again be physically able to play in the field so his return to the outfield could come soon, opening the DH spot for Huff.

If I was allowed to make decisions concerning the Tiger’s lineup, I’d elect to hit Huff against right handed pitchers and Thames against the lefties. I’d also never allow Clete Thomas to hit in the three spot but, alas, that’s a different article.

The Tigers will have to make a move to open up a space on the 25 man roster for Huff. Again, if it were up to me I would send Raburn down to Toledo, but Mr. Leyland loves Raburn so I’m guessing Thomas hits the road.

The Tigers really needed a hitter. One who hit for power and for average would have been preferable, but for now, I’ll take the power.

Let’s be realistic about this one. Huff isn’t going to guarantee a playoff spot for the Tigers this year, but a little more run production will certainly help.