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.
August 17, 2009; 5:29 PM ET
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