The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a two-year, $22 million contract with free-agent first baseman Aubrey Huff.
Huff receives $10 million in each of the next two seasons under the deal, and the Giants have a $10 million club option for 2013 with a $2 million buyout.
''He was an integral part in the team's success last season, not only with his outstanding play in the field, but also providing a great clubhouse presence,'' general manager Brian Sabean said in a statement.
Huff led the world champions in home runs (26) and RBIs (86) this year while batting .290. While he spent time in both outfield corners, first base was his position for a majority of the team’s games.
He made it clear he wanted to return to San Francisco, and the Giants said they wanted to keep him around — so, no surprise something got done quickly, less than a month after the club beat the Texas Rangers in five games to capture the city's first championship since the Giants moved West in 1958.
''You'd be an idiot not to want to come back here. I love it,'' Huff said at the ballpark after the team's victory parade Nov. 3.
While Huff and Freddy Sanchez will return at first and second base, respectively, the left side of the San Francisco infield remains unsettled. Juan Uribe and Edgar Renteria — who started at third base and shortstop during the World Series — remain unsigned.
There is talk that another team had offered Huff this money and Sabean was allowed to match it because Huff wanted to stay in SF.
I think they have overpaid here, but that was somewhat expected.