Astros deal two minor-leaguers for Huff
Good signing by Houston. They need a lot of help on offense right now and Huff can play a lot of positions.
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros
acquired third baseman Aubrey Huff
from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
for two minor league prospects Wednesday, hoping the Texan can help revive the Astros' struggling offense.
The Astros, who also got some cash in the deal, are tied for last in the National League in batting average.
"This will give us an offense boost which we sorely need," Astros general manager Tim Purpura said.
The 30-year-old Huff, who went to high school and junior college in Texas, hit .283 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 63 games for the Devil Rays this season. He has been the subject of trade speculation each of the past three years.
In his sixth major league season, Huff has a career average of .287 with 128 home runs and 449 RBI.
Houston will pay $1.4 million of the $3 million that remains on the final year of Huff's contract. Tampa Bay will pay the rest, Purpura said. The Devil Rays get right-hander Mitch Talbot and infielder Ben Zobrist from the Astros' system. Both players will report to Double-A Montgomery.