Giants decline 2013 contract option for Aubrey Huff 

click to enlarge The Giants officially declined Aubrey Huff’s 2013 option Thursday. With big contracts off the books like Huff’s, the Giants should have more flexibility to lock up stars to long-term deals. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • The Giants officially declined Aubrey Huff’s 2013 option Thursday. With big contracts off the books like Huff’s, the Giants should have more flexibility to lock up stars to long-term deals.

The World Series champion Giants are parting ways with Aubrey Huff, declining to exercise his $10 million club option Thursday after two disappointing seasons following a big year during the team’s title run two years ago.

A day after the Giants celebrated their second championship in three years with a lavish parade through downtown, vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans made the announcement regarding the first baseman and outfielder — though it hardly came as a surprise. Huff will receive a $2 million buyout as part of the $22 million, two-year contract he signed in November 2010.

“I thank him for his major contribution in helping us win the World Series in 2010 and being there to help in whatever role we had him in this year,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

He batted .192 with a home run and seven RBIs in 52 games during an injury-plagued year featuring three stints on the disabled list.

This time around, understandably, Wednesday’s parade was much different for the 35-year-old Huff after he played such a limited role this year. He and his family attended the festivities and it served as his San Francisco
farewell.

In 2010, Huff hit .290 with a team-leading 26 home runs and 86 RBIs while playing in 157 games, then starred during the postseason by hitting .268 with one home run and eight RBIs.

Meanwhile, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported the Giants won’t make qualifying offers to any of their free agents, meaning they would not receive draft pick compensation should a free agent sign with another team. A qualifying offer is determined by the league to be one-year salary of $13.3 million.

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