Found January 05, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
After the Cardinals failed to re-sign star first baseman Albert Pujols and watched the star slugger depart for Los Angeles, a lot of fans are calling for failure for the Cardinals in 2012. It got me to thinking whether or not a defending World Champion had ever made a move in the season after their championship that was criticized as much as this. My conclusion? Oh yeah....it's happened before. Here are five of the worst moves by a defending World Champion. 1) San Francisco Giants re-sign Aubrey Huff (2010)After a 2010 season that saw him energize the Giants offense with an .891 OPS and 6.0 fWAR in 668 plate appearances, Giants GM Brian Sabean felt like he needed to keep his new star in the fold, and signed him to a two year, $22 million contract. Keep in mind that in 2009, the year before his breakout season (at age 33) with the Giants, Huff had a .694 OPS and was worth a sparkling -1.8 fWAR in 597 plate appearances for the Orioles and Tigers. Predictably, the Giants offense l...
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