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Twins unlikely to re-sign second baseman Orlando Hudson

Nov 8, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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I wrote last month that several people who know about such things have told me that the Twins are highly unlikely to re-sign Orlando Hudson, in part because of payroll limitations and in part because the veteran second baseman wasn’t universally beloved within the clubhouse.

After talking to Hudson recently Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported more or less the same thing, but in slightly nicer terms, writing:

Hudson, who turns 33 in December, told me he would love to return to the Twins, but he’s a pending free agent, and the writing is on the wall with their payroll situation. It looks like he’ll be playing for his fourth team in four years in 2011.

Hudson provided nice value for the Twins on a one-year, $5 million deal, hitting .268/.338/.372 with good defense in 126 games, but right now my guess is Alexi Casilla will be the Opening Day second baseman in Minnesota come 2011.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch speculates that the Cardinals will be among the teams interested in Hudson as a free agent.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    I had really high hopes for O-Dawg in Minnesota. The defense rebounded nicely after recent regression, but the offense just didn’t live up to .282/.348/.431 career line he had coming into the year. He played some awful baseball down the stretch and was hurt too often. I’d be all about bringing him back if he’d hit closer to his career norms and stayed healthy, but at 33 a long-term contract is a tough pill to swallow.

  2. jfk69 - Nov 8, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Finally a team gets it. Signing these declining over the hill players to multi year contracts and then bemoaning the fact they did only creates a problem on the team and for public relations as they try to justify high ticket prices and a team hamstrung with over priced fat and lazy i got my deal veterans.

    • willmose - Nov 8, 2010 at 7:27 PM

      Hudson has gotten one year contracts the last three years at reasonable prices. Tell me again about how he is one of the over hill players that got a multi year contract.

  3. docktorellis - Nov 8, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Seems to me that Hudson just didn’t fit in with the Minnesota Nice clubhouse feel. Which, really, is a shame. I know it’s an intangible, and therefore risks inanity, but the fact is that after T. Hunter’s departure, the MN roster has really lacked a firestarter. Gardy can get ejected all he wants, but somebody from within that clubhouse needs to take on that role, and it’s looking increasingly doubtful that it will ever come from Mauer or Morneau, as great as their on-the-field play is.

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