Over the next couple of days, Jorge Says No! will be highlighting some of the forgotten free agents. You know, the guys that aren't getting much publicity or action on the open market even though they could have a lot to bring to the table. Next up, Aubrey Huff.
Aubrey Huff's 2008 season stats: .304/32 HR/108 RBI/96 R/.360 OBP/.912 OPS.
Pretty impressive stuff, right? During the 2008 season, Huff was one of the top hitters in the American League and finally put together the strong offensive season that so many expected from him.
If Huff was a free agent after the 2008 season, is there any doubt that he would've been in line for a multi-year contract?
But unfortunately for Huff, he became a free agent after the 2009 season. So if he wanted to be in a good position for free agent riches, he would have to duplicate his 2008 offensive statistics.
Huff's stats fell dramatically last year largely because of his struggles against right handed pitching: .241/15 HR/85 RBI/59 R/.310/.694 OPS.
Because of his poor 2009 season, the free agent market for Huff has been nonexistent. Through the first six weeks of free agency, his name has rarely been brought up in discussions.
The biggest problem facing Huff at the moment is that if he cannot perform at the dish. He offers little value elsewhere because his defense is so poor. He seems destined to land somewhere in the American League where he can DH, but there does not seem to be many teams out there looking for a DH. There are plenty of other free agents out there who bring similar qualities to the table as Huff (Carlos Delgado, Russell Branyan, Hank Blalock, Adam LaRoche, Jim Thome, etc.).
So what does this all mean for Huff? In a nutshell, if he is offered the opportunity to DH everyday on a incentive-laden, one-year contract, then he should absolutely take it.
It's very doubtful that Huff will land anything more than a one-year contract at this point, He should simply be looking for the best opportunity he can find.