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The Nationals are interested in Orlando Hudson

Dec 22, 2009, 5:45 PM EDT

So tweets MLB.com’s Bill Ladson.  He says that if the Nats sign Hudson, Cristian Guzman would go back to short.

Which would blow my mind just a little bit considering that just over a month ago the Nats made a big point of telling Guzman and Nats fans everywhere that defense is too important with a young pitching staff and that he would no longer be manning short.  At the time Jim Riggleman and various other people were talking up Nats’ shortstop prospect Ian Desmond as someone who could fill the role if an Adam Everett or Alex Gonzalez could not be had.

No, Desmond’s bat is not ready yet, but his glove is said to be great and he’s a hell of a lot cheaper than Orlando Hudson is going to be, so why not stick him next to Ryan Zimmerman, thereby giving Stephen Strasburg and Jason Marquis and everyone some confidence that if a right handed hitter pulls one on the ground, it’s gonna get snagged?

  1. N - Dec 22, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Better explanation for the Nationals the last couple of weeks: a Brewsters Million’s situation or the NL has secretly implemented relegation so they’re trying to stay ahead of the Padres and Pirates?

  2. peteinfla - Dec 22, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Hey Craig, It seems to me that since the Nat’s are able and willing to spend money, Hudson Does make sense for them. Seems to me that he would improve their defense almost as much as a good fielding shortstop, and he is a pretty decent offensive player as well. I think that Desmond should play shortstop, and they should sign Hudson if they can. As far as Guzman is concerned, the less he plays for them the better off they will be. He is awful defenseively, hits with no power, little speed and an abysmal OB%. I realize they are stuck with his bad contract, but if they are really trying o improve, I say stick him on the bench, let him try to be a pinch hitter and utility guy. He would do alot less damage that way.

  3. tony green - Dec 22, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    if the washington nationals is willing to sign orlando hudson then do it cause that will help our defense to be a better defense than last year i except that will happen this year i mean lets take this team to the next level

  4. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Dec 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Desmond is a SS that makes the routine plays look hard and the hard plays look routine. Quite frankly, he’s a stopgap until Danny Espinosa is ready.

  5. dcfan - Dec 23, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Guzman is worthless in the field. If the Nats get Hudson, do not be surprised to see Guzman shifted. They may even trade him. As for his bat, .300 average usually. Maybe no power but thats what Dunn, Willingham and Zimmerman are for. If he took more walks he’d be a solid number 2 hitter behind Morgan. Point being defense is imperative for the Nats. And Hudson is far better than anyone on the current roster at SS or 2B. The rest we can figure out later. Sign him, maybe 10-20 less errors next season if he is signed.

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