Issue: Who’s on first?
Analysis: The Giants are in a tough spot when it comes to working Aubrey Huff back into the fold, but it’s not as tough as it might seem.
Fans would love nothing more than for the team to bury Huff and his big contract on the bench. They’d like the team to finally and firmly commit to the youngsters they have at Huff’s position — Brandon Belt and Brett Pill.
Most would like to see Belt be handed the gig and left alone for a month or two, while others would like to see Belt take on right-handed starters and Pill take on lefties.
Few, if any, want Huff anywhere near the field. The good will he built up in helping the 2010 team to The City’s first World Series title is gone, a thong song gone wrong.
And while nobody with a heart will admit as much, let’s be honest: Huff’s bail job after the debacle at second base in New York will never be fully forgiven, anxiety issues or not.
But the reality is that nobody sits $11 million in salary on the bench for a full season, and that’s what burying Huff would represent.
You have to try to get something out of him, whether it’s to discover an unexpected boost to the offense or to showcase him for a potential, albeit unlikely, trade.
Actually, if Huff gets hot, a trade wouldn’t be all that unlikely. But it would be a trade involving Belt, not Huff.
Consider this: Buster Posey is going to be a first baseman sooner or later. Hector Sanchez’s development suggests it could be sooner. So you only need a first baseman for the rest of this season. Huff could be that. You need a second baseman long-term, though.
Don’t you think Belt’s obvious talent, youth and affordability might be able to fetch you one of those?