After weeks of inactivity, the revolving door of the San Francisco Giants has begun to rotate. In just a little over two weeks the Giants have signed Mark DeRosa, re-signed Juan Uribe , designated Brian Bocock for assignment (who was later claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays), and saw a legendary member or their rotation, Randy Johnson, retire.
This week, San Francisco welcomed Aubrey Huff and designated Merkin Valdez for assignment to make room.
The Giants have been clear about their desire to find a left-handed hitter to give the inconsistent lineup the boost they lacked during the 2009 season. Huff was signed to a one-year, $3 million dollar deal to fill that void.
The 33-year-old split time between the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers last season to put up a .241 average, .694 OPS, with 15 home runs and 85 RBI in 150 games. San Francisco is hoping to see the 2008 version of Huff. In that season with the Orioles, the first baseman hit .304 with 32 home runs, 108 RBI, and .912 OPS.
“Huff version year 2008” needs to show up in the 2010 season.