People aren't exactly thrilled with Cubs RF Jacque Jones. But imagine how they would feel if the Cubs had made one of the rumored off-season deals--trading for the D-Rays Aubrey Huff. Huff has already spent time on the DL this year. And in 17 games he's hitting .132/.254/.189 and has yet to homer. Only 29, Huff's production is in decline for the 4th consecutive season. He had his career year in 2003 with 34 HRs and a .922 OPS. Since then: .853, .749 and this year a paltry .443.
Seattle must have some serious buyer's remorse, saddled with the contracts of Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre. It's hard to imagine 200 hits and 48 HRs being a fluke, but Beltre's career year in 2004 seems like a distant memory. His first season with the M's saw his HR total shrink from 48 to 19. His OPS from 1.017 to .716. This year he's hitting .218/.297/.296 with just 2 HRs and 11 RBI. He's making almost 13 million this year.
Sexson has been reportedly lost at the plate. He's hitting only .196/.270/.336 with 4 HRs. Never one to hit for a high average, Sexson is in danger of becoming the new Rob Deer or Gorman Thomas if he doesn't start to hit. That's assuming he regains his power stroke.
The trade for White Sox OF Jeremy Reed has been a bust too. Although he has homered 2 nights in a row, Reed has yet to show any of the promise that made him the centerpiece of the Freddy Garcia trade. Coming to the M's with Miguel Olivo and SS Mike Morse, that deal is looking like one big burn for the M's. Olivo is gone and Morse still in the minors. More kudos for Ken Williams.
More to come...