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O's Trade Huff to Tigers

The Orioles got rid of their last remaining piece of trade bait on Monday afternoon, dealing first baseman Aubrey Huff to the Detroit Tigers for Class A reliever Brett Jacobson who has already been assigned to Frederick.

For the first time in his career, Huff will get to play in a pennant race as he's spent the better part of his 10 years in the league with the last-place Tampa Bay then-Devil Rays and the Baltimore Orioles.

Huff will shed his summers in the basement to join the Tigers who hold a 2 ½-game lead in the AL Central. The Central has featured the type of midseason arms race that's usually reserved for the top of the AL East.

At the non-waiver trade deadline, Detroit added pitcher Jarrod Washburn and now Huff while the second-place Chicago White Sox have picked up injured all-star pitcher Jake Peavy and slumping slugger Alex Rios.

Huff played primarily at first this year but could be asked to play first, third or even the outfield in addition to some days at designated hitter in Detroit.

Huff won a Silver Slugger award last year with the Orioles as a DH, batting .304 with a .360 OBP and a .912 OPS to go along with 32 home runs and 108 RBI. This year, however, the 32-year-old has seen his numbers take a sharp decline as he is hitting .253/.321/.725 with 13 homers and 72 RBI in 110 games.

In the interim, the Orioles will plug DH/left fielder Luke Scott in at first base at least for tonight but expect to see utility man Ty Wigginton there as well.

While the focus is clearly on what the Orioles lost in the deal, they have also added a young right-handed for their future bullpen. The 6-foot-6 Jacobson 1-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 35 games playing for the Tigers' Class A Lakeland (Fla.) franchise this year.

By CJ Holley  |  August 17, 2009; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles , Tigers  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, aubrey huff, detroit tigers, trade  
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Good move. Got something for him before they lost him to free agency, and they didn't have to pay the rest of his contract. If only the Nats were this competent.

Posted by: futbolclif | August 17, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

no kidding. not only that but they didn't have to risk offering him arbitration. after the season he's had he almost definitely would have taken it.

here's hoping he rounds into shape for the tigers and leads them to the playoffs (i'm hoping to have at least one of my predictions come true in the AL).

Posted by: adampschroeder | August 17, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Another solid move by Andy. The Sherril trade looks better and better by the day. Bell is definitely the 3rd baseman of the future for the O's.

Posted by: lavar609 | August 17, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe folks actually pay money to watch the Orioles. Angelos has driven that franchise straight into the ditch, and has made no effort to call for help. To associate that current crop with Cal Ripken is a disgrace..

Posted by: SMWE357 | August 18, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Seems like they should have done this last year when he was killing the ball. It would have made little difference to where the O`s finished...LAST! Yet, they would have gotten a player(s) MORE ADVANCED in development.
Even now..seems like they could have gotten more..I guess it was unload him before the contract was up period!!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | August 18, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey SMWE357, people watch ball clubs for a variety of reasons, so don't dwell in the past--look to the future (Hell, I'll pay to watch Adam Jones rob someone of a grand slam, even in a totally meaningless game!) Absolutely agree that Angelos' "stewardship" has been a mess but I like the moves that have been made over the past two seasons and Andy M. seems to be in control. No guarantees but at least it doesn't look like a rudderless ship.

Baseball has re-invented itself in the past 40 years since I have been a serious O's fan and the O's ownership did not keep up (with either the big market or small market teams) during the past 25years. There were also serious missteps along the way (remember the 1991 Glenn Davis debacle???)

I can tell you that the "Cal Ripken era" was hardly this franchise's glory days. Some good ball clubs for sure but nothing that makes you forget the Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer clubs of the late 60's and early 70's...This club had a long run of success (almost25 years) starting in the early 60's and has gone through an almost equally long period of bad to horrible teams. Perhaps the current youth movement will give long time O's fans a chance to watch some meaningful baseball again in September and October...

Posted by: mdterp34 | August 18, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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