Please welcome Aubrey Huff

ASTROS ACQUIRE HUFF FROM DEVIL RAYS

Zobrist,
Talbot to
Tampa Bay;
outfielder
Jason
Lane
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HOUSTON, \nTX \n? The Houston \nAstros \nannounced today that they have acquired outfielder Aubrey Huff and $1.625 \nmillion in cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for \nminor league right-handed pitcher Mitch Talbot and minor league infielder Ben \nZobrist. In addition, the Astros have optioned outfielder \nJason \nLane \nto Triple A Round Rock and designated minor league infielder Joe McEwing for \nassignment. The announcement was made by General Manager Tim Purpura. \n

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Huff, \n30, was batting .283 (65×230) with eight home runs, 15 doubles and 28 RBI in 63 \ngames for the Devil Rays this season. He batted .453 (29×64) in Interleague play \nthis year, the second-best mark in the Majors. He hit .359 (33×92) in June, and \non June 30, he became the first Devil Ray to reach 300 extra base hits. Huff \nspent 21 days on the Disabled List from April 12-May 4, his first career trip to \nthe DL, with a strained left knee. He is batting .293 (61×208) with eight homers \nand 27 RBI since his return.”,1]
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HOUSTON,
TX
–?
The Houston
Astros
–announced today that they have acquired outfielder Aubrey Huff and $1.625
–million in cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for
–minor league right-handed pitcher Mitch Talbot and minor league infielder Ben
–Zobrist. In addition, the Astros have optioned outfielder
Jason
–Lane

–to Triple A Round Rock and designated minor league infielder Joe McEwing for
–assignment. The announcement was made by General Manager Tim Purpura.

 

Huff,
–30, was batting .283 (65×230) with eight home runs, 15 doubles and 28 RBI in 63
–games for the Devil Rays this season. He batted .453 (29×64) in Interleague play
–this year, the second-best mark in the Majors. He hit .359 (33×92) in June, and
–on June 30, he became the first Devil Ray to reach 300 extra base hits. Huff
–spent 21 days on the Disabled List from April 12-May 4, his first career trip to
–the DL, with a strained left knee. He is batting .293 (61×208) with eight homers
–and 27 RBI since his return.<!–
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Currently \nin his sixth big league season, Huff is batting .287 (870×3028) during his \ncareer with 128 home runs and 449 RBI. He is \nTampa \nBay?s \nall-time leader in games (799), at-bats (3,028), runs (400), hits (870), doubles \n(172), home runs (128), extra-base hits (309), and RBI (449). He made his big \nleague debut with the Devil Rays in 2000 and is the only player in Rays history \nto reach the 20-home run mark in four seasons (2002-05). Huff is one of five \nleft-handed hitters to average 100-plus RBI the past three seasons, joining \nDavid Ortiz, Carlos Delgado, Hideki Matsui and Bobby Abreu. He is a career .303 \n(436×1437) hitter after the All-Star break with 71 home runs and 239 \nRBI.

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Huff \nwas Tampa \nBay?s \nfifth-round selection in the June 1998 draft out of the \n“,1]
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Currently
–in his sixth big league season, Huff is batting .287 (870×3028) during his
–career with 128 home runs and 449 RBI. He is
Tampa Bay?s
–all-time leader in games (799), at-bats (3,028), runs (400), hits (870), doubles
–(172), home runs (128), extra-base hits (309), and RBI (449). He made his big
–league debut with the Devil Rays in 2000 and is the only player in Rays history
–to reach the 20-home run mark in four seasons (2002-05). Huff is one of five
–left-handed hitters to average 100-plus RBI the past three seasons, joining
–David Ortiz, Carlos Delgado, Hideki Matsui and Bobby Abreu. He is a career .303
–(436×1437) hitter after the All-Star break with 71 home runs and 239
–RBI.

 

Huff
–was
Tampa Bay?s
–fifth-round selection in the June 1998 draft out of the
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\nof Miami. \nHe attended Vernon \nCollege \nin North \nTexas \nand played both baseball and basketball at \nBrewer \nHigh \nSchool \nin Fort \nWorth.

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Lane, \n29, is batting .205 (46×224) for the Astros this season with 11 home runs, 30 \nRBI and 40 walks. He made his Major League debut in 2002 and this year marked \nhis third consecutive on the Astros Opening Day roster. He is hitting .256 \n(249×973) with 49 home runs and 147 RBI for his \ncareer.

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–of
Miami.
–He attended
Vernon College
–in
North
–Texas

–and played both baseball and basketball at
Brewer High
–School

–in
Fort
–Worth
.

 

Lane,
–29, is batting .205 (46×224) for the Astros this season with 11 home runs, 30
–RBI and 40 walks. He made his Major League debut in 2002 and this year marked
–his third consecutive on the Astros Opening Day roster. He is hitting .256
–(249×973) with 49 home runs and 147 RBI for his
–career.

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Talbot, \n22, is in his fourth professional season after being selected by \nHouston \nin the second round of the June 2002 draft. He is 6-4 with a 3.39 ERA \n(34ER/90.1IP) in 18 appearances (17 starts) for Double A Corpus Christi this \nseason. He ranks seventh in the Texas League in ERA and third with 96 \nstrikeouts.

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Zobrist, \n25, was selected by the Astros in the sixth round of the June 2004 draft. He is \nbatting .327 (103×315) for Corpus \nChristi \nthis year with three home runs, 25 doubles, six triples, and 30 RBI. He ranks \nsecond in the Texas League in batting this season. Zobrist was named a Texas \nLeague All-Star last month, and he has earned All-Star honors in each of his \nprofessional seasons.

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McEwing, \n33, is batting .274 (64×234) with five home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games at \nTriple A Round Rock this season. He was acquired by the \n”,1]
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Talbot,
–22, is in his fourth professional season after being selected by
Houston
–in the second round of the June 2002 draft. He is 6-4 with a 3.39 ERA
–(34ER/90.1IP) in 18 appearances (17 starts) for Double A Corpus Christi this
–season. He ranks seventh in the Texas League in ERA and third with 96
–strikeouts.

 

Zobrist,
–25, was selected by the Astros in the sixth round of the June 2004 draft. He is
–batting .327 (103×315) for
Corpus
–Christi

–this year with three home runs, 25 doubles, six triples, and 30 RBI. He ranks
–second in the Texas League in batting this season. Zobrist was named a Texas
–League All-Star last month, and he has earned All-Star honors in each of his
–professional seasons.


 

McEwing,
–33, is batting .274 (64×234) with five home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games at
–Triple A Round Rock this season. He was acquired by the
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Houston \norganization from Kansas \nCity \non March 30 and played in seven games for the \nAstros.

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Tickets \nto all Astros games are available online at astros.com or in person at the \nMinute Maid Park Box Office along Texas Ave. Tickets can also be purchased via \ntelephone toll free at 877-9-ASTROS (877-927-8767), or at any of the Astros \nTicketmaster locations: Foley?s, Fiesta, and select FYE and Wherehouse Music \nstores.

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–//–>Houston
–organization from
Kansas
–City

–on March 30 and played in seven games for the
–Astros.

 

Tickets
–to all Astros games are available online at astros.com or in person at the
–Minute Maid Park Box Office along Texas Ave. Tickets can also be purchased via
–telephone toll free at 877-9-ASTROS (877-927-8767), or at any of the Astros
–Ticketmaster locations: Foley?s, Fiesta, and select FYE and Wherehouse Music
–stores.

7 Comments

That’s HUGE news for my division rivals. A bat that can consistently produce. That’s going to help out everyone in that lineup.

Congratulations to the GM and to the Astros.

Adam

Contributing Writer in the Brewer Nation.

http://brewernation.mlblogs.com

The Astros needed the bat and Huff is a very nice fit, especially considering he can play 1B, 3B, and OF… OF and 3B the source of our offensive woes. But also, I’m sad that Ben Zobrist is part of this trade – I like what he was doing with the Hooks, and he looks to be a solid player. However, this was the right time to make the move for the Astros. Now, let’s see what Garner does with Taveras and Ensberg!

Dennis

StarStruck: The Houston Astros Podcast

http://www.starstruckpodcast.com

Yes, this is a good trade. Berkman can not do it all alone and with the addition of a good clutch hitter this will also give a psychological boost to the pitching staff, which is too stressed out from lack of run support.

I’m definitely happy we got Huff.. I’m in the air still about giving up Zobrist.. I still feel Morgan will be the 3rd base for our future and can see Huff being the everyday right fielder next year(if he resigns with Houston). Wonder who sits the pine now.. Sitting Lamb or Burke to play Huff shouldn’t be a consideration IMO.

Sit Morgan for a few games, maybe that will light a fire in his butt and get him to last years form.

http://strosbro.mlblogs.com

Best wishes for the second half, Rafael.

Mark

http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com

you can sit ensberg and keep giving Biggio occassional breathers. IF done well the off-time can rotate around enough to cause little trouble. The problem will be what to do if everyone starts producing again. Some tough calls to be made. Personally, it kills me to see Lane sent down. I understand why and agree, but it’s hard when they won’t pitch to him and he keeps racking up walks. Same for Ensberg.

I hate to see Lane go down as well on a personal level… he’s a great guy.. but he’s just not producing..

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