If Brian Sabean was one of the three little pigs, he would definitely be the one that built his house with straw. Aubrey huffed and puffed and blew the Giants payroll in. All in all, the Aubrey Huff contract isn't that bad (2 years, $22 million). Sabean said, “He was obviously underpaid for what he did for us last year. He certainly did his part and received a just reward for it.” Fantasy baseball managers across the world can now omit Travis Ishikawa from their cheat sheets.
Many people feel Huff overperformed last season with his .290-26-100-86-7 line, but it was far from a career year. His 100 Runs were a career high, but he's had a better Batting Average four times and hit 29 or more HR with 100 plus RBI three times in years past. His 14.4% HR/FB% is normal for him, that's the 6th time he's posted that or better. That being said, Huff will be 35-years old when the 2011 season starts up.
2011 Expectations Projecting a Batting Average for Huff is a house of pain, his BABIP and LD% tend to jump around. It gets up, gets up and then gets down. In the past six seasons his BABIP has been between .260 and .271 or between .303 and .310. It's almost a 50-50 chance he hits for a .260 or .280 Batting Average. I also think his strikeout percentage should have been higher last season (his O-Contact% will fall from 70.8%). In the end, I factored in some regression, but not a lot. 2011 Projection .277-23-87-84-3