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Huff becomes free agent after Giants decline option

Huff becomes free agent after Giants decline option

Huff becomes free agent after Giants decline option
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a fully expected move, the Giants announced Thursday that they declined to exercise the 2013 option on Aubrey Huff's contract, casting the first baseman into free agency.

Huff, 35, will receive a $2 million buyout instead of a $10 million salary.

Huff was an integral part of the Giants' 2010 World Series-winning squad, batting .290 with 26 home runs, 86 RBIs and 100 runs scored -- the only time in his 13-year Major League career that he reached triple digits in that category. The red thong underwear Huff wore came to symbolize the club's loose, off-beat persona.

Eligible for free agency after that season, Huff received a two-year, $22 million deal with the option year from the Giants. But he slumped to a .246 average with 12 homers and 59 RBIs in 2011. This year, Huff was sidelined by an anxiety disorder early in the season and two right knee ailments during the summer.

Viewing Huff as a potential pinch-hitting asset, the Giants kept him on their postseason roster despite his .192 batting average in 52 regular-season games. Huff went 1-for-9 in 10 postseason appearances.

For his career, Huff owns a .278 batting average with 242 home runs and 904 RBIs with the Rays, Orioles, Astros, Tigers and Giants.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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