No, Detroit is the other way, Aubrey.
The Orioles traded 1B Aubrey Huff to the Detroit Tigers today for Brett Jacobson, a RHP relief pitcher. Jacobson is 22 and will be assigned to high-A Frederick.
Huff's struggles in 2009 were well documented since he didn't come close to equaling his resurgent offensive numbers from 2008 when he hit 34 home runs and knocked in 108 RBI. And at the time of the trade, Huff is one of the worst offensive 1B in baseball.
So why did the Tigers want him? Probably as a bat off the bench and/or DH, which is about all that Huff is good for nowadays. But hey, at least he will have a chance to play in the playoffs this season.
I always liked Huff, despite his "Baltimore is a horse-bleep town" comment that was taken way out of context during an appearance on the Bubba the Love Sponge show. Huff seemed to have a wise-ass sense of humor, that I enjoy, and will always be fondly remembered for showing up Joba Chamberlain with a fist pump after going yard off of him earlier this year.
Hopefully Huff is the last in a long line of mediocre-veteran-signing for the Orioles, who can ill-afford to sign declining players to multi-year contracts for more money that they're worth. In that regard, he won't be missed.
It looks like Luke Scott is playing 1B according to tonight's line-up, so maybe the O's will try to work him out there for future use. If anything it allows Felix Pie to get into LF more often with Nolan Reimold at DH. Ty Wigginton will probably get a fair share of starts at 1B as well, at least until the rosters expand in September, at which point a AAA 1B like Brandon Snyder or Michael Aubrey might make a cameo appearance.
As for Jacobson, here is what was said about him on Orioles.com:
Jacobson, 22, went 1-3 with 6 saves, a 3.74 ERA (55.1IP, 23ER) and 44 strikeouts in 35 games with Class-A Lakeland this season. The 6’6”, 205-pound righthander was the Tigers’ 4th round selection in the 2008 First Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University.
Jacobson went 2-2 with a 1.52 ERA (29.2IP, 5ER) and 31 strikeouts in 21 games with Class-A West Michigan in 2008 and was named Detroit’s #10 prospect by Baseball America.
So it's nice to get more than just a warm body for Huff. And it's another quality MacPhail trade.