While I'd like nothing more than to post every day with news and notes about player movement, the White Sox have been pretty silent since acquiring infielders Jeff Keppinger and Angel Sanchez at the Winter Meetings in early December.
So, with not much to report or comment on, I've been relatively silent as well since three days before the ball dropped in Times Square. That said, in the last day or two something has intrigued me that I'm happy to share.
It's a fact that the Sox are in the market for a lefthanded hitter if they feel it will be a positive addition to the ballclub. Let me make the case to consider free agent Aubrey Huff as a part-time player and lefthanded hitter off of the bench.
The 36-year-old Huff is a 13-year major league veteran who has played first, third, the outfield and DH during his career with the Rays, Orioles, Astros, Tigers and Giants. He's a .278 lifetime hitter with 242 homers and 904 RBIs. He has slugged 20 or more homers in seven seasons, 30 or more twice and drove in more than 100 runs three times. In 2010, Huff was a key offensive cog in the Giants' run to the World Series title, batting .290 with 26 homers and 86 runs batted in.
To be fair, that's not the whole story. The rub against Huff is that he tailed off badly in 2011 and last season was placed on the disabled list for a time with anxiety issues--more specifically with panic attacks and when he returned he was used exclusively as a pinch-hitter.
Forgive me for being an amateur psychologist, but one could surmise that Huff's anxiety arose from his subpar performance after years of success. The good news is that Huff has his anxiety issues under control with medication and is ready to resume his career.
I don't think that signing Huff is a no-brainer for the Sox and it certainly wouldn't preclude them for going after a more solid lefty hitter as well. I just think it's a player the Sox should consider as a proven veteran presence whose pop may very well make a difference.
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