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Aubrey Huff had the best stretch of his career while with the Rays from 2003-2005
A brief glance at Aubrey Huff's career numbers would lead you to conclude that he's unpredictable.
For example, in 2008 Huff hit .304 with 32 homers and 108 RBI, but the very next season he hit just .241 with 15 home runs and 85 RBI.
But a closer look at his statistics reveal some secrets to his inconsistencies.
Huff broke into the big leagues with Tampa Bay in 2000, and after a couple of seasons established himself as a powerful offensive threat in the Rays' lineup.
In 2002 Huff played in 113 games, hitting .313 with 23 home runs and driving in 59. The following season Huff played in all 162 games for the Rays, hitting .311 with 34 homers and 107 RBI. In 2004 Huff hit .297 with 29 home runs and 104 RBI. In 2005 Huff's average fell to .261, but he still hit 22 homers and drove in 92 runs (more RBI than with the Giants last season).
Huff Slumps When He Doesn't Have A Home
In the middle of the 2006 season Aubrey Huff was traded to the Houston Astros, and his numbers fell significantly. By the end of the season, he had compiled a .267 average with 21 homers and just 66 RBI.
At the end of the '06 season, Huff moved yet again, this time to Baltimore. In his first season with the Orioles he hit .280 with 15 home runs and 72 RBI.
When Huff had some continuity in one place, however, without being traded year-to-year, he performed better. In his second season with Baltimore he put up normal Huff-like numbers: he hit .304 with 32 homers and 108 RBI in 2008.
In the middle of 2009, Huff was traded yet again, this time to Detroit. By the end of the season, his numbers were dismal by his standards: .241 batting average, 15 home runs and 85 RBI.
The moral of the story? Don't trade Aubrey Huff. Once he finds a home and stays there, he hits well.