Thursday, February 16, 2006

Aubrey Huff: Just a Matter of Time

With Aubrey Huff in the final year of a contract in which he will earn $6.75 million, it is not a question of whether but when the Tampa Bay Rays will trade him. He'll begun long before the All Star break. The outfielder-rich Rays would gladly offer Huff for a starting pitcher like the Angels Ervin "Magic" Santana, a deal now closer to fruition with the anticipated finalizing of owner Arturo Moreno's deal with ex-Dodger Jeff Weaver. Even with Santana gone, the Angels now would be left with a strong rotation of Bartolo Colon, John Lackey, Weaver, Kelvim Escobar and Hector Carrasco, with Jeff Weaver's brother, Jared, waiting in the wings. But the Rays are in no hurry. Huff's price will only improve as long as such teams as the Astros continue to look for help.