The Nationals signed Huffman to a minor-league contract Thursday. Huffman batted .247/.386/.437 with six home runs in 215 plate appearances for Triple-A Memphis. It doesn't look like he'll ever match the bases he stole in 2016, but he could provide useful depth for Washington if he's called up when rosters expand in September.
Huffman was outrighted and subsequently granted his unconditional release Tuesday. He hit .286/.333/.429 with a 40 percent strikeout rate in 15 plate appearances with the big-league club earlier this year, and had a 117 wRC+ at Triple-A, so he will likely catch on elsewhere on a minor-league pact.
Huffman was demoted Sunday to Triple-A Memphis. Huffman saw limited playing time in the three weeks he spent in St. Louis but went 4-for-14 in 15 plate appearances that almost all came in a pinch-hitting role. At this point in his career, the 32-year-old is likely not much more than organizational depth. Now, he will return to the minors, where he raked the previous two years with 21 home runs and 91 RBI in 165 games.
Huffman's contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday. Huffman has demolished Triple-A hitting the past two years with 21 home runs and 91 RBI in 165 games, so he'll head to the big leagues to try to provide a jolt to the Cardinals offense. He has the ability to play first base and the corner outfield spots, although he likely projects more as a bench bat unless he takes off at the plate in his second career big-league stint. To make room for him on the active roster, John Gant was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Huffman (hand) is back in action for Triple-A Memphis and is slashing .282/.387/.474 with two homers and an 11:10 K:BB through 78 at-bats. Huffman left a game May 6 after being hit on the hand by a pitch, but he returned May 12 and has continued his strong start for the Redbirds. He'll stick with Memphis for the time being, though he could earn a promotion to the big club if injuries continue to strike the outfield.