Aubrey Huff still wants to play

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And I want a pony:

Aubrey Huff, the consistent power producer and 2010 Giants hero derailed by an episode of panic attacks in 2012, is looking to make a comeback in 2013. “He wants to play,” Huff’s attorney Ed Hayes said by phone. “He’s working out. It’s not a matter of physical issues. Nor is it a matter of mental issues, which he’s addressed.”

I suppose he’ll be able to snag a minor league deal someplace, but the fact is, he hit .192/.326/.282 in 2012, with his availability extremely limited due to both those mental issues his lawyer alludes to and injury.  He is a defensive liability as well, and the DH/1B market is already full of guys looking for work.

Good luck to Huff, who is reputed to be a good egg and a good teammate. But I’d be rather surprised if he played in the bigs again.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.