Giants trade left-hander Huff to Yankees for cash

Giants trade left-hander Huff to Yankees for cash
June 11, 2014, 4:15 pm
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David Huff pitched 34.2 innings with the Yankees in 2013, managing 26 strikeouts to eight walks (11 games). (USATSI) 

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SAN FRANCISCO –- The Giants traded left-hander David Huff to the Yankees for cash considerations on Wednesday, the club announced.

Huff was designated for assignment last week and the Giants had 10 days to trade, release or place him on outright waivers. Figuring they would lose him anyway on a waiver claim, they did business with Huff’s former club.

The Yankees had designated Huff earlier this year when they found themselves in need of a 40-man roster space. Huff reported to the Yankees and will be on their active roster; they designated left-hander Wade LeBlanc to create space for him.

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Huff, 29, was 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA in 16 games for the Giants, mostly in long relief. He split last season between the Indians and Yankees, where he was used as a spot starter. He spent the previous three years bouncing in and out of the Indians’ rotation.

Huff spent time earlier this season on the disabled list with a hamstring strain that he sustained while running down the first base line. At least he got his first major league hit out of that deal.

The Giants’ 40-man roster stands at 39 but they needed Huff’s space on the 25-man roster last week when they activated Matt Cain from the disabled list. The move was a testament to the kind of stuff right-hander George Kontos has flashed since returning to the club.

Kontos has a minor league option and the Giants might need to use it next week, if they activate right-hander Santiago Casilla from the DL as anticipated.