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SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 03: Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants bites his red rally thong during the San Francisco Giants victory parade on November 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Earlier this month when the San Francisco Giants declined to renew the contract of World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, fans wondered if the Giants were going to go all tightwad, drop all the highest-paid guys, and try to win another championship on the cheap.
Those fans can now huff a sigh of relief. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Giants have re-signed first baseman Aubrey Huff to a two-year, $22 million contract.
Twenty-two million dollars will buy a lot rally thongs, people.
Huff will be 34 years old when spring training opens, and handing $11 million per year to a player in his mid-thirties is generally considered bad management in any professional sport.
But Giants' general manager Brian Sabean told the Chronicle Huff is, "critical for the lineup, being our third hitter, left-handed, his profile and his versatility being able to play first base and the outfield."
"He certainly did his part and got his just reward because of it," Sabean said.
He got his just reward, alright. Huff will make nearly quadruple the salary in 2011 and 2012 that he made in 2010.
Should be a good Thanksgiving in the Huff Daddy household.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who just today discovered that Aubrey Huff has Autobots and Decepticons tattooed on both of his shoulders.