The San Francisco Giants will decline their $10 million contract option on veteran corner infielder/outfielder Aubrey Huff, reports Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area:
Nothing official, but Giants will decline $10 million option on Aubrey Huff and choose $2 mil buyout. They didn't get THAT drunk last night.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) October 29, 2012
A big part of the Giants’ World Series squad in 2010, the 35-year-old Huff played a more and more limited role for the Giants this season because of the emergence of Brandon Belt, knee problems and struggles with an anxiety disorder. Huff appeared in just fifty-two games for the Giants this season, hitting .192/.326/.282 with a lone home run in ninety-five plate appearances.
A thirteen-year major league veteran, Huff is a .278/.342/.464 career hitter with two hundred forty-two home runs. It is possible the aging lefty hitter will latch on with a club as a bench bat, but retirement also seems a likely possibility for Huff.