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Hudson deciding between Twins and Nationals?

Feb 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

It sounds like Orlando Hudson is close to deciding on his new team, although reports vary a bit on where he’s likely to end up.
For instance,’s Buster Olney reported this morning that the “Twins appear to be serious in their pursuit of Orlando Hudson.” Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune agrees, reported yesterday that the Nationals were “getting close” to signing Hudson to a one-year deal “for $3 million with incentives that could easily reach $4 million.”
If the Twins are only interested in Hudson if his price drops below $3 million and the Nationals have offered him a one-year deal worth $3 million plus incentives … well, then it sure seems like Hudson is going to sign with Washington unless he’s willing to pass up money to play for a better team. None of which explains why the Twins aren’t willing to spend more than $3 million to fill their need for a second baseman and No. 2 hitter.

  1. YX - Feb 1, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    You know… Mauer…
    Better start saving now!

  2. John Dillinger - Feb 1, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Once Hudson is off the board the Twins end up with Adam Kennedy, who will come cheaper and is more versatile, which is good on both counts for the Twins.

  3. Evan - Feb 1, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Bring this one home, Billy. This would be huge for the team.

  4. Peter - Feb 1, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    This is a no brainer, add a million and the AL Central is for the Twins. Infield will be set, Harris of Punto on the bench. Starting pitching will be better than last year.. Mauer’s extension has nothing to do with this. Hudson completes the line-up, completes the infield. 2010 might be the last year with Mauer on board (he would have signed other while IMO)

  5. JoeK - Feb 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    But where will Nick Punto play?

  6. Sotafan - Feb 1, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Who cares where Punto plays. 3B would be my guess. But again, who cares!!!

  7. Curious George - Feb 1, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    This new baseball economy is unfathomable. How does an Orlando Hudson not get scooped for the $3-4M he apparently will settle for? Twins, you are in an eminently winnable division and you insist on dicking around with the likes of Punto and Harris?
    Yes, Hudson is 33 and at the age where second basemen are known to fall off a cliff. But a one-year deal on a guy who has recorded OPS+s of 102, 105, 107 and 109 the past four years, all while playing a very good second base (if not actually Gold Glove worthy) would seem to be a modest risk with tons of potential upside.

  8. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 1, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Mauer is craZy to stay with the TWINS, THEY SUCK.

  9. scot - Feb 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    If we get Hudson signed Punto can have 3B and bat 9th.
    Make it so Twins!!

  10. broadcastdon - Feb 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    I’m at a loss for words to describe your crudeness, lack of baseball acumen and plain good manners. You embarrass yourself,
    moreflagsmorefun! Please keep these sort of remarks to yourself.
    The general public learns nothing from your inanities.

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