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Orlando Hudson will decline arbitration as part of gentleman’s agreement with Twins

Nov 30, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Orlando Hudson will decline the Twins’ arbitration offer, which is expected following reports that the two sides reached a so-called gentleman’s agreement where Hudson would turn down the offer if the team made it.

That allows the Twins to essentially get a free compensatory draft pick. There’s no real benefit for Hudson, but it also doesn’t cost him anything and his agent gets points for doing the Twins a favor.

Amusingly, Heyman calls Hudson a “fine player who could help any clubhouse.”

In fairness Heyman is also the same guy who calls every signing a good move. However, in this case Hudson is being let go in part because the Twins specifically didn’t like his presence in the clubhouse, as multiple sources affiliated with the team told me throughout the season that his outspoken jokester act grew tiresome even though national media members like Heyman continue to tout it as a positive trait.

Hudson will be playing for a fourth team in four seasons despite consistently solid performances on the field, so you can probably do the math there.

  1. Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    I hope to God that he screws them over and accepts it—as another example of his “jokester” rep. These deals are friggin’ bogus.

  2. minnesconsin - Nov 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    man, his jokes must be reaaaaally lame, ‘cuz the twins will be taking a definite step in the wrong direction unless the Japanse guy pans out.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

      What do the Twins grounds crew use to keep the grass looking like that? A lawn Mauer. Hello? A lawn Mauer? Hello? Is this thing on?

  3. kander013 - Nov 30, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    they’re on the road in the picture. awful joke by the way.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM

      That was the intent. But what difference does it make whether he’s wearing a road uni?

  4. cktai - Dec 1, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    “Hudson will be playing for a fourth team in four seasons despite consistently solid performances on the field, so you can probably do the math there.”

    Are you implying that Hudson is not quite as bad in the clubhouse as Cliff Lee?

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