San Francisco Giants: Top Five Free Agent Signings

By Sean O'Leary
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Oct 22, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff (left) hits into a double play scoring left fielder Gregor Blanco (not pictured) in front of St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (right) during the seventh inning of game seven of the 2012 NLCS at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

Aubrey Huff

Coming into the 2010 season, the Giants were looking for a first baseman. Travis Ishikawa just wasn’t cutting it at the time, and they needed some more power. So, in January of 2010, they signed Aubrey Huff to a one year, $3 million contract. He turned out to be a bargain for the numbers he put up. He hit .290/.385/.506 with 26 homers, 86 RBI’s and 35 doubles. Huff also put up a 5.7 WAR in 2010.

In the playoffs, he struggled a bit until the World Series, where he hit his only homer of the post season.

Huff re-signed with the Giants after the 2010 season $22 million contract that also included a team option for the 2013 season. He struggled in 2011, hitting .246/.306/.370 with 12 homers and 59 RBI’s. In 2012, he lost the 1st base job to Brandon Belt, only hitting .192 with 1 home run. His club option was declined.

Huff’s impact was really only a year long. However, it was one of the most important seasons in the teams history. He was a key part to the first ever championship in San Francisco Giants history, and that’s what makes him the second best free agent signing ever.

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