Free agent first basemen are starting to drop like pop-ups in between Deivi Cruz and Tony Batista (I could have used Ty Wigginton and Julio Lugo, but thought that would be too soon.)
Fox Sports is reporting that former Oriole Aubrey Huff and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal with a club option for 2013.
Huff staying in San Francisco is not a shocker. The Giants signed him for $3 million last year and he emerged as an on-field and off-the-field presence on a team that won the World Series. That was huge for Huff, who had never before been in the postseason in his career.
The $11 million per season sure doesn't hurt either.
Although they are seeking a power-hitting first baseman, Huff was way down on the Orioles' wish list, partially because everyone assumed he was staying in San Francisco and partially because Orioles' president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail doesn't like to recycle – unless it's an inexpensive fit (such as Miguel Tejada last season).
Huff's signing comes on the heels of reports that the Detroit Tigers have signed Victor Martinez to a four-year, $50 million deal.
There are still plenty of first baseman on the market, and the Orioles' wish list includes Carlos Pena as well as Paul Konerko, Adam LaRoche, Derrek Lee and Adam Dunn, among others.
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