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The San Francisco Giants are returning a key part of their championship season - slugger Aubrey Huff.

The Giants and Huff agreed to a two-year deal with a club option for the 2013 season, it was announced Tuesday.

Huff was a shining star for a team that relied far more on outpitching opponents than outslugging them. Huff hit .290, with 35 doubles, 26 home runs and 86 RBI in San Francisco's championship run.

While taking San Franciso's triple crown (for leading the team in average, homers and runs batted in) may be the baseball eqivolent of taking candy from a baby, Huff did also lead the team in walks, hits and slugging percentage. He did it all for a team that had trouble generating runs. It is hard to imagine how anemic the Giants' offense would have been without Huff - and that point wasn't missed by the Giants' front office.

Keeping Huff on the squad gives them a bona fide slugger. Couple him with the up-and-coming Buster Posey and you have the makings of a one-two bunch that actually strikes some fear in opposing pitchers' hearts when they gaze at the Giants' line-up.

The Giants have taken a great step to remaining a contender in the National League by keeping Huff in the fold. His offense, coupled with the stellar pitching staff, give Giant fans every reason to believe the team can be a force again in 2011.

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