Blog Entry

Aubrey's All the Huff in Detroit

Posted on: August 19, 2009 11:18 pm
About two hours after I finally gave up and dropped Aubrey Huff (mostly due to the fact that I traded Josh Johnson for 5 players and needed to clear roster space), Baltimore gave up too, and shipped him off to the AL Central leading and righty-heavy Tigers.  "Righty-heavy".  Is that a legit term?  Because it's the only legit reason I could see Detroit having for even bothering with this guy.

I suppose he's a buy-low opportunity, considering he's been a shell of his quite formidable '08 self, but this guy isn't getting any younger.  As long as he's not hitting .300 anymore, he doesn't do enough to be on my roster.

I would look to Luke Scott as the greater benficiary of this trade.  He'll get everyday playing time now that he can play 1B in Baltimore with Aubrey Huff gone.  As a part-timer, he's hit 20 HR in 320 AB's.  Why would Baltimore continue benching this guy for Huff?  Good trade.

As for Aubrey's value going forward, while he probably won't lose too much play time with the Tigers, he'll likely be benched against tough LHP from time to time.  He hasn't switched leagues, so he'll still be seeing the same pitchers.  It can be argued that better protection in the lineup may help his average, but the problem in Baltimore this year has not been the hitters.   Guys like Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, and Brian Roberts have been getting on base ahead of and providing protection in back of Huff, who's been a cleanup hitter, all season.

Long story short, if you were already on the fence about dumping Huff from your CI slot, now is probably the time to do it.  Someone like Chris Coghlan will make you forget Huff even exists.  This guy is money now and for the forseeable future.  If Huff is your primary 1B and you need another 1B to replace him, try Billy Butler, Adam LaRoche, Kyle Blanks, or even Mike Jacobs, who has been heating up after a horrible slump.

If you're in a keeper league, check out Ian Stewart for his multiple position eligibility, and huge upside.  Teams like the Rockies are constantly looking to get younger, and Stewart is one of their most versatile up and coming players.
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