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Now that's dumb: Aubrey Huff signs 2-year, $22M contract

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You probably already know I think Brian Sabean is one of the worst, if not the absolute worst, general managers in the majors.  So he didn't disappoint in the off-season: he re-signed Aubrey Huff, and paid him way way way too much money.

Here's the thing: nobody expected last year's Giants lineup to be anywhere near as good as it was.  And it's not that they were wrong - the Giants simply hit a performance high last season.  And performance highs tend to regress to the mean the following season.  That's why you don't re-up Huff, a 34-year-old 1st baseman who's one season removed from an absolutely miserable performance that left him with virtually no options at the beginning of the 2010 season.

But hey, what's $22 million down the drain when you're already paying Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand $186 million to sit on the bench?

Also, you generally don't pay a guy like Huff more money at Age 34 than he has ever made before.  Sabean found Huff for just $3M last season - why doesn't he think he can find a similar player for $3M this season?

Huff historical salary:

Age 36: $10M (or $2M buyout)

Age 35: $10M

Age 34: $10M

Age 33: $3M

Age 32: $8M

Age 31: $8M

Age 30: $4M

Age 29: $6.75M

Age 28: $4.75M

Age 27: $2.5M