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Orlando Hudson is going to the Padres

Dec 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE: OK, it is official. Basically, anyway: Rosenthal reports that he’s getting two-years and $11.5 million. The deal is done pending a physical. So he does get a raise. And, unlike his last two deals, he gets multiple years. Not the greatest contract in the history of the word, but we’re clearly back to boom-times for free agents this winter, so I suppose that’s the new normal.

12:28 PM: Nothing is official yet, and we should always be wary of preliminary reports. But when the preliminary report comes from the player himself, I imagine that it’s safe to run with that news. Orlando Hudson was just on MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM and said that a deal with the Padres should be announced later today.

The Padres will be Hudson’s fourth team in four years.  Always touted as a great guy in the clubhouse, that may not really be true, as Aaron reported back in October.  But the guy can still play. He hit .268/.338/.372 in 126 games overall and played good defense. You figure that he won’t make more — and could very well make less — than the $5 million he made last year, and at those prices that’s a pretty good pickup for anyone. Especially a team as pitching-and-defense reliant as the Padres are.

  1. Ari Collins - Dec 17, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Second basemen are consistently underrated. He’s a 2-3 win player, so this is a very good deal for the Padres. Also nice to see the O-Dog finally get a two-year deal.

  2. xpensivewinos - Dec 17, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    It’s going to be a loooooooooooooooong year for them, but Hudson and Bartlett (if they can get that deal done) certainly makes them more competitive. First, third, left and catcher are still huge holes.

  3. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 17, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    I like the deal, not huge on a second year but I will cheer him at the ballpark.

  4. lampdwellr - Dec 17, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Even if Hudson’s entering a post-32 decline phase, I feel like his particular skills will translate well to PETCO and to aging. He’s not a big base-stealer, has strong line-drive tendencies (perfect in PETCO) and never hit a lot of homers anyway. Second basemen seem to age well, too…and experience and savvy have a big impact on turning double plays. This feels like a major upgrade over Eckstein/Hairston.

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    I am happy that the former Blue Jay finally landed a free agent contract for longer than 1 year.

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