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Nationals, Rays targeting Orlando Hudson

Jan 26, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

hudson pointing.JPGUPDATE: ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that the Rays are also keen on Hudson and might be willing to move Ben Zobrist to right field in order to accommodate him.

7:03pm: MLB.com’s Bill Ladson heard from a baseball source Tuesday that the Nationals “have a good chance of signing” free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson.

“There is good progress going on every day,” Hudson told MLB.com. “I will sign
soon enough. You can put it on the Internet and on TV. I’m going to
sign. I can’t say exactly when. It will not be long. I can’t say if it’s
with the Nationals, San Diego or Cleveland. I can’t say with whom.
Something is getting done.”

The “O-Dog” hit .283/.357/.417 with nine home runs, 62 RBI and eight stolen bases in 551 at-bats for the Dodgers last season.  He’s found little interest on the open market this winter, but it feels like we could see a flurry of free agent signings within the next week or two.  After all, pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring camp in just 19 days.

  1. Positively Half St. - Jan 26, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    19 days? I would normally say that is not soon enough. This year, however, I don’t want it to come until the Hudson signing occurs. I had a bad Nats-fan day, seeing Sheets and Garland go elsewhere. Crud, I even found out that the Nats were in on Ankiel, when instead we got Chris Duncan.
    Entertain me!!!!! Sign Pedro! Give me Bedard or Washburn!

  2. Eric @ THTGB - Jan 26, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Isn’t pitchers and catchers more than 19 days away? I thought they reported on February 18th.
    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/important_dates.jsp

  3. OKCyankeefan - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    You got Pudge! What more can you ask for, really?

  4. Don Dukeman - Jan 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Being a Dodger fan for over 50 years the Dodgers don’t deserve a gentleman and a hell of a ballplayer like Hudson. The way he was treated at the end of last year and into the playoffs is a shame on the Dodgers part. Hudson saved several games last year with his defense, he was a great clubhouse presence and a motivator for the team. Hudson deserves better than the Dodgers and I hope he sets the league on fire this coming season.

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