Monday, August 17, 2009

Aubrey Huff Traded to the Tigers

Looks like Andy MacPhail was not done after all. The Orioles dealt their first baseman, Aubrey Huff, to the Detroit Tigers for Brett Jacobson, a reliever in single-A.

Obviously this is another move for MacPhail's vision of the future. Huff had his struggles this year, hitting just .253 and hitting 13 home runs. Last year was one of his best seasons, as a MASN defining moment often reminds us, going .304 with 32 home runs and 108 RBI. At one in the season, it was expected that Huff could be a big mover at the trade deadline, but with his sudden dropoff, his value dropped with it.

I understand this move, though I did wish Huff could have finished out the season. With his departure, more and more the Orioles rest of the season looks like it will be real rough. Luke Scott looks like he'll be taking up first base for now. I'm not sure what the Orioles plan to do for the short term at the corner infield positions, and I hope MacPhail has an answer to that. If Mora is not returning next season, it would be very unlikely that Wigginton and Scott will reside at third and first respectively.

Brett Jacobson, a former Vanderbilt player, has done well in high-A ball for Detroit, pitching in 35 games with a 3.74 ERA and six saves. In 55.1 innings, he has 44 strikeouts to just 17 walks, though allowing six home runs is alarming. But, another prospect to add to the minors for the Orioles, which is important.

Good luck to you Aubrey Huff, and thank you for your performance here in Baltimore.

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