Report: D'backs interested in Giants' Huff, A's McCarthy

Report: D'backs interested in Giants' Huff, A's McCarthy
December 1, 2012, 9:08 pm
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The Diamondbacks have some holiday shopping to do, and two players who called the Bay Area home last season are on their wishlist.

Arizona has contacted former Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff, according to a report from FOXSportsArizona.com.

The report indicates the D'backs are searching for a backup corner infielder. While Huff has 356 career games at the hot corner, he hasn't played there since 2008 and a knee injury last season left him less limber than his 2010 form, when earned himself the nickname, "Water Buffalo."

Huff hit .290 that year with 26 home runs, leading the Giants to their first World Series title since moving west to San Francisco. It earned him a two-year, 22 million contract with the Giants, but Huff would never again match his 2010 production. Derailed by an anxiety disorder last season, the 13-year veteran played 52 games for the Giants, batting .192 with one home run.

The Giants declined Huff's 10-million option for 2013, instead buying out his contract for 2 million and making him a free agent.

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The Diamondbacks are also in the market for former Oakland A's starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, according to an AZCentral.com report.

The report indicates that Arizona also targeted McCarthy two years ago when he returned to baseball after missing the 2010 season. McCarthy instead signed a one-year, 1 million contract with the A's for 2011, and another one-year contract to stay in Oakland for 2012 worth 4.275 million.

McCarthy is an effective MLB pitcher when he is healthy, but he has had reoccurring shoulder problems, and his 2012 season was cut short when he was struck in the head with a line drive off the bat of Angels' Erick Aybar and required emergency brain surgery.

McCarthy has since been cleared to throw and is expecting a normal offseason.

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The Diamondbacks finished 2012 with an 81-81 record, good for third place in the NL West -- 13 games behind the first-place Giants.

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