The New York Yankees converted him into a long reliever-spot starter last year after they claimed him off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. It’s the type of versatility the Giants are seeking for their pitching staff.
“When I got here, they told me they wanted to utilize my versatility,” Huff said. “I am ready to pitch wherever they want me.”
Huff has a few advantages. He’s left-handed, has a major league contract and has over 300 innings of big league experience.
Kameron Loe, a right-hander who spent last season with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves, has pitched for over eight years in the majors and has both starting and relief experience. He’s a non-roster pitcher.
Other non-roster pitchers with time in the big leagues are Jason Berken, Rafael Dolis, J.C. Gutierrez, Sandy Rosario, Dan Runzler and Mason Tobin.
While he’s spent most of his career as a starter, Huff said he would continue to work at extending himself.
“It’s always easier to build length and then cut it rather than the other way around,” he said. “I came into spring willing to make an adjustment.”
Huff has had to make adjustments throughout his career, from dealing with high expectations to rebooting his career.
He was the Indians‘ Minor League Player of the Year in 2008 and made his debut with the team the following May.