The average shortstop salary for this years free agents is $6.41 million. Miguel Tejada received a one-year $6.5 million contract from the Giants. Which means GM Brian Sabean was on his game with this contract.
Now the first base position is a different story. The average free agent signing thus far at first base has signed for $6.53 million. The Giants re-signed Aubrey Huff (best first base free agent in my book) for a two year $22 million contract. Huff will make $10 million in 2011 and 2012 (2013 $10 million club option or $2 million buyout).
Huff will make a little over $3 million more than the other first base free agents who signed this year. The Giants were willing to give Huff the nice raise for what he did for them last year, and don forget Huff can also play multiple positions. Huff’s a big part of their offense, and some have even said they believe Huff should have tried to get more money. Two years and $10 million a year is a pretty good signing to me. Sabean seems to be back on his game after the Aaron Rownad and Barry Zito contracts.
~King of Cali