Jan
10

Report: Huff lands in San Francisco

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According to television reports on CBS 5 (KPIX) out of San Francisco, the Giants have signed Aubrey Huff to a one-year deal worth $3MM. He’ll man first base for the Gigantes, pushing Kung Fu Panda to third and Mark DeRosa to left.

Why do you care? Because Huff’s signing presumably eliminates another potential landing spot for Johnny Damon. With the Mets, Cardinals, and now the Giants out of the Damon sweepstakes, the only two realistic suitors left are the Yanks and Braves. I suppose Scott Boras could find another mystery team to show interest in Johnny, though we all know that would be a load of crap. Damon’s options are dwindling, and that could be very good news for the Yanks.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew

    /fistpump

    • Charlie

      this better be a joba fistpump, not a fuckin jersey shore fistpump

      • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew
      • Salty Buggah

        Damn, I was going to make a Joba/Jersey Shore joke too. That’s what I get for not being here first.

  • WIlliam

    JD is this year’s Abreu. He’ll come crawling back for 6 million come february when he has no team…..

    AND THEN OUR LINEUP WILL DOMINATE!!!!!!

    1927′d

    • JGS

      you mean 1939′d

      /+411 run differential’d

      • WIlliam

        Well, no one but you would have got it if I had said “1939′d. I had to taper down my pawnage for the lesser minded yankee fans.

        • Salty Buggah

          Most of us here would have gotten it. There are some intelligent fans on RAB.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            You ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates?

            Morons.

            /Vizzini’d

          • WIlliam

            I was being sarcastic.

            • Salty Buggah

              Oh, my bad. I guess my sarcasm meter is broken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I pray to Melvin, Mo and Jesus every night that Johnny comes marching back to patrol LF.

    • WIlliam

      Montero or Christ?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        ..what’s the difference?

        • WIlliam

          One is the next coming of the Messiah, the leader and salvation of all. Christ is just some nagging Israeli from Bethlehem.

          • Dan

            terrible

      • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

        Uhm aren’t they the same?

        • WIlliam

          I hate it when someone else posts when you’e replying.

    • Salty Buggah

      Do you also hope that he replicates his 2009 numbers but plays 2008 defense? I do and so should you (if you don’t already)

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Is Atlanta still possible?

    • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew

      http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/.....p?c_id=atl

      I’m not sure. Mcclout(/Francesa’d) and Diaz are shoe-ins. Then you figure Melky is a starter. Do they have an opening?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Diaz and Melky could platoon in RF. Diaz does have a nasty platoon split (.921 vs LHP, .722 vs RHP).

        • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew

          Word. Last season his obp was a respectable 349 vs righties but you’re probably right.

      • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

        Meh there are rumors about them looking for another power bat for their outfield so who knows.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I doubt they truly figure Melky is a starter (he CAN start, but he’s NOT a starter), nor do I think Diaz is a shoo-in.

        However, they do have quite a bit of volume there already in McLouth, Diaz, Melky, Schafer, Blanco, Jones, and possibly the maiden voyage of S.S. Heyward at some point post ASB.

        I don’t think they have three starters right now, but they have one starter and 4-6 decent maybes. That may be enough for them to not bother with Damon and just save the cash, see what shakes out in the wash.

        • Sonny Red

          They also just signed Hinske

        • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew

          Eh, Diaz had a pretty sick 2009, OPS+ of 133. I consider it a shoo-in.(thnx for sp.)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            True. He’s got a leg-up on everyone else.

            We’re basically in agreement, though. McLouth and Diaz, plus Hinske and all the young kids, it’s probably enough for the Braves to put together a decent OF without Damon.

            • Evilest Empire

              The comments from the Atlanta organization would support this FWIW. Right before when they signed Hinske, reports were saying all they were looking for was a bench player.

              The Yanks could very well outbid Atlanta at this point for Damon.

              • WIlliam

                Reports from the Yankees say they’re just looking for a bench player. never beleive a baseball executive.

    • WIlliam

      “the only two realistic suitors left are the Yanks and Braves”……..YES!!!!

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        D’oh!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    He’ll man first base for the Gigantes, pushing Kung Fu Panda to third and Mark DeRosa to left.

    Not buying the rumor that they’d move Kung Fu Panda back behind the plate for a year, because Posey’s not ready yet?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I hadn’t seen that, but it makes sense if they’re willing to go out and get another 3B/LF. Heck, if they’re willing to live with Sandoval behind the plate, they could play Huff at third and sign someone like LaRoche, and have an iota of respectability in their lineup.

      • WIlliam

        WHo would have thought last June that the Rockies would be the heavy favorites in anything?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That defense would be interesting.

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          It would rival the 2004 Yankees on team defense.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        C-Sandoval
        1B-Huff
        2B-Sanchez
        SS-Renteria
        3B-DeRosa
        LF-Damon
        CF-Rowand
        RF-Fred Lewis

        … decent. With their rotation, that’s competitive.

        • Evilest Empire

          Likely decline in many spots though. Yikes.

          Still, its an upgrade from ’09 and their pitching is just that good.

          • WIlliam

            IS Giants 3-5 really that good? Clearly Lincecum is the best in the NL, and MAtt Cain is up their. But this seems like a similar scenario to the Mariners. Kickass 1-2 punch, then freefall.

            • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

              Zito, Sanchez, Bumgarner (?) is pretty good for the NL. Who has a better 3-5 in the NL?

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                Hanson, Hudson/Lowe (pick one), Kawakami?

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  Yeah, that’s probably better. SF gets the edge on their dual aces, but I think you’re right. Anyone else you can think of?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  That.

                  (although, I’d say their 3-4-5 is going to be Hudson, Lowe, Kawakami, in that order. Jurjjens and Hanson have clearly passed all three of the vets already.)

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  Anibal, Sean West, and Chris Volstad is pretty decent. I’d prefer the youth over the corpse of Zito and a total unknown in Bumgarner. At leat Volstad and West got considerable innings last year.

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  So what would Atlanta’s 1-5 be? Wouldn’t Hanson be the #2 starter behind Jurrjens?

                  Jurrjens
                  Hanson
                  Hudson
                  Kawakami
                  Lowe

                  Either way, that still beats SF. Florida definitely has the upside, but outside of Johnson, none of them were really all that impressive last year.

                • Evilest Empire

                  I could see Bobby choosing Hudson as the opening day starter. In terms of actual performance, I’d say its:

                  JJ
                  Hanson
                  Hudson
                  Lowe
                  Kawakami

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              Well, Zito and Sanchez aren’t going to set the world on fire, but they’re a solid #3 and #4. Zito’s really made some strides back to respectability. And Madison Bumgardner actually came up last September and pitched well, as a 20 year old. He’ll probably suck this year, but him coming in and pitching well as a 5th starter wouldn’t be the craziest thing in the world.

            • Evilest Empire

              The Tim Lincecum / Matt Cain is monstrous, especially in the NL West. You can reasonably expect 450 innings of great production.

              The 3-5 is good enough. Plus Bumgarner should be called up some time in 2010 I’m guessing.

              • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                We are so redundant, guys.

                • Evilest Empire

                  HEY. RAB PATROL GOT THIS SHIT LOCKED DOWN TIGHT.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
                • whozat

                  Redundant Association of Internet Dorks?

              • WIlliam

                On a loosely related note, how good is MAtt Cain? He looks like an ace from his stats, but he isn’t mentioned with Becket, Webb and Lee for 2011 aces. IS he expected to drop that much in the AL?

                • Evilest Empire

                  Its probably because he has a team option in 2011 for $6M which will be picked up.

                  I’d take him over any of those guys.

                • whozat

                  I’ve seen him pitch a bunch of times here in SF. He reminds me of AJ, in that he has nasty stuff, but I would worry that his walk rate would shoot up in the AL and significantly reduce his effectiveness.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  but he isn’t mentioned with Becket, Webb and Lee for 2011 aces.

                  He was mentioned with Beckett, Webb, and Lee for 2011 aces until people started remembering that the Giants have a 2011 club option on his contract, meaning he won’t hit the market until the winter of 2011-2012.

                  That’s the only reason he’s not mentioned. He’s an ace.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  Assuming they pick up his 2011 option (a lock even if he gets hurt, just look at Webb), he’s still only going to be 27 when he hits free agency. Dude is going to get paid.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  Matt Cain’s FA contract >>>>> CC Sabathia’s FA contract?

                • Evilest Empire

                  Matt Cain, Josh Johnson, and Felix Hernandez:

                  About to be filthy stinking rich

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  He’s really, really good. He’d be talked about quite a bit more if he weren’t sharing time with Timmy. I’d say he’s among the top 20 pitchers in the majors. That’s an ace.

                • Evilest Empire

                  I think Matt Cain and Josh Johnson get Santana-esque deals. Felix Hernandez is getting a check that starts with the number “2″

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  Matt Cain, Josh Johnson, and Felix Hernandez:

                  About to be filthy stinking rich

                  And, we’ll likely only need/want/have room for one of them.

                  I like our odds.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                  Matt Cain’s FA contract >>>>> CC Sabathia’s FA contract?

                  You know what? Maybe.

                  CC when he hit the market:

                  8.4 H/9
                  0.8 HR/9
                  2.8 BB/9
                  7.6 K/9

                  Cain right now:

                  7.7 H/9
                  0.8 HR/9
                  3.6 BB/9
                  7.5 K/9

                  Obviously that’s a gross oversimplification, but it suggests a CC-level contract isn’t absurd. Cain walks basically one more batter per 9, but makes up for it by giving up close to one fewer hit per 9. Of course there’s the AL-NL switch, and the fact that CC had a Cy, but Cain still has two years before he hits the market.

                • Evilest Empire

                  if Hernandez doesn’t sign an extension before his contract year, he might as well be wearing pinstripes.

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  Let’s not count our chickens yet.

  • Salty Buggah

    So, this puts Uribe (assuming Panda at 3B, Huff at 1B, and Renteria at SS) at utility INF now for SF? A 3.25 million utility infielder? Bad decision

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Juan Uribe is a bad decision at pretty much any pricepoint and for any role.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        His OPS+ last year was 111. Is he worth that much? No, but he’s not devoid of value.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Go look at his his OPS+ the years before that. Then look at his 2009 BABIP and his BABIP the years before that.

          After looking at all that, tell me how confident you are in Juan Uribe ever putting up another 2009 season ever again.

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            He’s had two good offensive years. I know, I’ve seen the stats. I wouldn’t ever spend more than $1.5-2 million on him because of the likelihood he’ll shit the bed, but I certainly understand why a team would. He has 15-25 HR power, plays average-to-good defense at important MI positions, and he came off arguably a career year.

            Someone was going to overspend on him, even if they shouldn’t have.

  • pete luciano

    Damon and Hairston are getting closer to coming back. I really don’t think Atlanta wants Damon at that price. If Damon signs we become very very left handed. We need a solid righthanded bat off the bench that can play the outfiels. Marcus Thames comes to mind and could be Grandersons late inning caddie ve leftys letting Gardner taking over in cf late. The order: Jeter, Damon, Tex, Arod, Posada, Johnson, Cano, Swisher, and Granderson. Vs right handed pitching that’s 8 lefties. Vs rightys we’ll have 4 starters, Damon, Johnson, Cano, and Granderson might as well be left because he can’t hit right. Very susectable vs leftys especially is Posada isn’t catching. Possible righty bench players, Mora, Thames, Gomes, Tatis.

    • whozat

      They’d be exactly the same as last year. Melky sucked versus lefties anyway.

    • Salty Buggah

      None of the above. Reed Johnson.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
    • Evilest Empire

      Thames is the least appealing of those names, I’ll take Hairston’s bat over his in the first place.

      I’d take Gomes but … maybe just say fuck it and use Juan Miranda.

    • Salty Buggah

      If we sign Damon, only Granderson and him will be “concerns” (because Grandy will improve by moving to YSIII and Damon ain’t that bad), against LHP. Everyone else is either a switch hitter or can hit lefties despite batting lefty. No worries.

    • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew

      I’m confused.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
        • Evilest Empire

          I didn’t know the word “had” could be so much fun!

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            If the police police police police, who polices the police police? Police police police police police police.

            • Evilest Empire

              Oh I like that one.

              My English teachers are fucking douche bags for holding this stuff out on me.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                Actually, you can take out those definite articles, while we’re at it:

                If police police police police, who police police police? Police police police police police police.

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  I bet Lanny knows this one.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex
      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
      • Evilest Empire

        and … buffalo too?

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          Buffalo is a bit different than the other two. Homonyms and homophones FTW.

    • Tom Zig

      At least he didn’t write Arod as AROD. That always confuses me. Why do people capitalize all the letters of certain people’s names?

  • http://www.livingwithballs.com Living with Balls

    I love watching this play out. This is embarrassing for Boras. How long till Damon fires him?

  • cameron datzker

    The Giants acquistion of Aubrey Huff is my words a”steal”.
    I think that if Aubrey can hit no. 4 or no.5 after Pablo Sandoval, his RBI production can be 100 RBIS. with Mark DeRosa batting 6th, you have a formitable line-up. I still think that The Giants have some money left as they offered Adam LaRoche a 2 year contract worth about $17 million dollars.. LaRoche is a fool not to take the money as this team with a little more twenking is a definite threat in The NL West. They now need a veteran catcher, one more starter, and 2 right handed set-up guys to bail out Giants Closer Brian Wilson.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      Do you attend the same middle school as my niece?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Are you pete luciano’s brother?

  • cameron datzker

    Johnny Damon not an automatic target for The Yankees.. I think that The Atlanta Braves as well as The Giants are still contenders.
    what people don’t know is that The Giants were the 2nd largest b idder for the Mets Jason Bay and 2nd for Matt Holliday. Don’t count them out. The Giants could use his leadership and I think San Francisco could be a landing spot. The Giants only entered a one year $3 million dollar contract for Aubrey Huff.

    • Salty Buggah

      what people don’t know is that The Giants were the 2nd largest b idder for the Mets Jason Bay and 2nd for Matt Holliday.

      That doesn’t really mean anything. Holliday is an elite player and Bay is elite offensively. Damon is old, with horrible defense, and could decline next year.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        What people don’t know is, the Orioles were the third largest bidder for Mark Teixeira and A.J Burnett.

        Boom, your mind is blown.

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          On a similar note, I was the third largest bidder for an autographed pair of Justin Bieber’s boxers on eBay, and 2nd for one of Ke$ha’s home pregnancy kits.

        • Evilest Empire

          Baltimore in a couple years is going to be legit. They’re sitting on some money it looks like, just waiting for their team to be ready. Then they’ll land the FA help to complete the puzzle and go toe to toe with the big boys. I could see them overtaking Tampa Bay as they’re forced to go through a rebuilding cycle.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            I agree.

            Just pointing out that the fact that the Giants were in on both Bay and Holliday (without landing either) doesn’t really mean all that much.

            • Evilest Empire

              Word.

              I just felt compelled to write a tangential ramble is all. Its one of the scant few ways I contribute.

      • andrew

        Not to mention, if people don’t know it, how do you know it?

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      Just out of curiosity, what do you think about Joba’s “situation”? Should he be in the ‘pen or in the rotation?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        This will end badly.

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          I’m just gauging, that’s all.

          • Evilest Empire

            To B-Jobber not to to B-Jobber, that is the question.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              I’m raising the Terriost Threat Level warning to Yellow.

      • aj

        Lmao, only two months left for that debate to get started.

  • JohnC

    Welcome back JOhnny!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OldYanksFan

    It’s too bad players egos are so fragile.
    Does ANYONE doubt where JD WANTS to play?
    YSIII is designed for his swing and the Yanks are the favorite to Win. These guys have made $50m – $100m in their careers, yet will let $2m or $3m get in the way of where they want to play… even when there is even a Ring on the line?

    Suck it up JD and come on home.

  • http://theyankeemanager.blogspot.com/ Francis Isberto

    The Braves still has a chance to sign Damon if they trade Melky. The Yankees should go for the kill and get Damon.

  • Go Johnny please!

    Johnny will hurt the chemistry of the team. It’s by default that he would come back to the Yankees.
    He allowed his options to dwindle because of his Greed,Ego, and Agent, coming back to the Yankees should not be an option.

    Both he and his wife wasted time talking to the media instead of to Cashman, and forced Cashman to go in a different direction, and move on. I personally love how Cashman stuck it to Boras!!

    All you heard was how many teams were calling with interest, WHERE ARE THOSE TEAMS?

    Go Johnny Go!!!