Orioles designated hitter Aubrey Huff cleared revocable waivers today, which means he can be traded to any team until August 31st while still being eligible for the playoff roster. Huff, 31, is hitting .300 with 25 homeruns in 117 games this season. He is a career .286 hitter with 181 homeruns, so he could play a huge factor for any team looking for a boost. Here are a couple teams that would benefit from his services:
Florida Marlins: The Marlins are still holding on in the race for the playoffs being just 2.5 games out. Their hitting is starting to fall apart and bringing in Huff to play 1st and a little outfield would certainly help their chances.
Tampa Bay Rays: Huff, a former Ray, would certainly help the third base problem. Not only is he familiar with the team, but the field as well. The one thing holding this back is that the Rays are in the same division as the Orioles and they might not want to do that.
Minnesota Twins: The Twins are fighting for a spot in the playoffs and could use some offensive help behind Morneau. Huff would fit that role nicely as a switch-hitter. He is very familiar at third base, a spot the Twins hope to fill.
Chicago White Sox: The White Sox have a great team as they push forward to the playoffs, but with Crede out and Swisher under performing, it would make sense to bring in Huff. It would not cost them too much, and he could fill in at third base until Crede returns. Kenny Williams doesn't really pull off these late trades, but I wouldn't put it past him to pull off this one.