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Mariners have contacted the Yankees, Mets about Robinson Cano

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Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column at The Athletic says that the Mariners — clearly in rebuild mode now — have contacted both the Yankees and the Mets in an effort to unload Robinson Cano and the $120 million he is still owed on his contract.

I’ll call that “Great Moments in Jerry Dipoto Shooting His Shot.” It’s admirable — asking is the right thing to do and, given Cano’s no-trade protection, they are two of the few teams you figure he’d approve trades to — but it’s almost certainly going to be an airball.

As Rosenthal notes, Cano is 36, spent half of last season on suspension and his future is almost certainly as a 1B/DH type. The Yankees could, theoretically, take Cano on and give him time at first base, but the money is more than they want to take on and the Mariners have already balked at taking back Jacoby Ellsbury as a financial offset. Also: while it seems reasonable to think that Cano could handle first, he has not had enough reps at first base to make anyone confident about it and the Yankees like to keep their DH slot open to rest regulars. The Mets, meanwhile, are not going to take on big salary and block prospects and don’t even have the benefit of the DH for Cano.

Cano hit well after coming back from his suspension, going .317/.363/.497 in 40 games in the second half. If I’m the Mariners, I plan on starting the season with him at second base while giving him looks at first as well, hope he continues to hit and that, if he does, he seems like a more attractive midseason acquisition for someone. Yeah, he’s expensive, but the Mariners have had him built into their budget for a long time and waiting things out a bit to try to save at least some of the money on him would make the most sense.

Giants exclude Aubrey Huff from 2010 championship reunion

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The Athletic’s Steve Berman and Dan Brown reports that the Giants have decided not to invite 1B/OF Aubrey Huff to their 2010 championship reunion, to be held at Oracle Park on August 16. In a statement to The Athletic, the Giants said:

Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion. Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization. While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision.

Huff, 43, was one of the Giants’ most productive players in 2010, batting .290/.385/.506 with 26 home runs and 86 RBI in 668 plate appearances during the regular season. During the postseason, he contributed 15 hits, including a pair of doubles and a home run, while knocking in eight runs as the Giants won the World Series.

In recent years, Huff has become a phenomenon in conservative circles for his outspoken nature on Twitter. Back in 2017, he criticized people who protested President Trump’s executive order on immigration by tweeting, “I mean seriously what the hell is going on? If you have time 2 march, protest and riot. Maybe it’s time for something called a job!” Huff received a lot of blowback for the comment and defended it by bragging to people about his “big house” and “hot wife.” He eventually walked back his comments.

Huff has repeatedly made controversial statements in more recent times, including those of a sexist, transphobic, and violent nature.

  • On the Giants’ Alyssa Nakken, the first female coach in the major leagues, Huff said, “This has #metoo & #BelieveAllWomen written all over it.” He added, “Couldn’t imagine taking baseball instruction from an ex female softball player. [Frown emoji] Have fun with that.”
  • Huff got into a spat with former major league pitcher Seth McClung last year, which included the use of sexist language.
  • Huff boasted about teaching his sons how to use guns “in the unlikely event [Bernie Sanders] beats [Donald Trump] in 2020.” He said, “Knowing how to effectively use a gun under socialism will be a must.”
  • Last month, Huff suggested, in since-deleted tweets, “We should invade Iran and take their [b-word]. Persian girls are hot af without the headgear and you know they know how to act right Makes you think.” He then suggested flying to Iran to “kidnap about 10 each,” adding, “We can bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes, amongst other things…. [devil emoji].” After the tweet went viral, Huff claimed he was joking, then posted a poorly-drawn comic about it.
  • In replies to people on Twitter, Huff consistently employs language popularized by the alt-right to insult and threaten people. He has been temporarily suspended from Twitter several times due to his use of hateful and threatening language.

As we have mentioned here countless times, the political views of baseball players tends to skew to the right. If the Giants were simply eschewing Huff because of his political views, they would have a short list of invitees to their 2010 reunion. Huff, however, has repeatedly and consistently gone too far when discussing his viewpoints.

Huff is surely taking this in stride, right? Of course not. Per Berman and Brown, Huff said about his reaction to the news, “Quite frankly, shocked. Disappointed. If it wasn’t for me, they wouldn’t be having a reunion. But if they want to stick with their politically correct, progressive [crap], that’s fine.”