Earlier tonight free agent left-handed pitcher Jose Mijares signed a deal with the Boston Red Sox. The San Francisco Giants wasted little time adding a similar pitcher to the mix, trading for David Huff. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the deal:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 25, 2014
Sources close to me say that the cash considerations will not “cover for the Tanaka contract” or put the Yankees underneath the luxury tax limit.
Huff appeared in 14 games in 2013 for the Cleveland Indians and Yankees, posting a 5.50 ERA. A starter for most of his career, Huff seemed to find some success as a reliever last year: in 12 games and 29.1 innings, he posted a 3.99 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. With experience starting games as well, he can serve as a swing man for the Giants next season, a role that is valuable in the National League over the course of a long season.
As Bill Baer notes over at HardBallTalk, Huff has struggled with the long ball in his career (a HR/FB ratio of 17.9% in 2013 and 10% for his career) so he should benefit from pitching in the thick night air of San Francisco.