First baseman Aubrey Huff is in camp and swung by the press trailer for a casual conversation with the writers. He says he went about the offseason pretty much the same way he did before last year's comeback season, minus the sports hernia surgery.
Huff said he's impressed with the moves that Andy MacPhail has made -- particularly the Nick Markakis extension -- but hasn't given much thought to his own contract situation. His contract expires after this year.
He was asked if he was uncomfortable with the likelihood that he'll come up in trade speculation at midseason if he doesn't sign an extension himself.
"No," he said. "I've been a trade target every year of my career."
Though he sparked controversy with a comment critical of the city of Baltimore during the offseason a year ago, he said he has enjoyed playing for the Orioles and would like to stick around to see through the rebuilding effort.
"I spent six years in Tampa and then they got good,'' he said. "If I left here and the Orioles did the same thing, I think I'd shoot myself."
Somebody pointed out that newly acquired infielder Ty Wigginton seems to be following the same career path as Huff. He joined the Devil Rays when Huff was there, then went to Houston after Huff was there and now he has come to the Orioles. Which led to an obscure reference to the stalker movie Single White Female.
"Yeah, he's my fat male stalker,'' Huff said.
That's just a small taste of a fairly long interview session. We'll have more from Aubrey in the print edition and today's Orioles notebook on the Web site.
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