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Orlando Hudson’s days in San Diego may be numbered

Apr 21, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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Scott Miller of reports that the Padres are prepared to release second baseman Orlando Hudson if he doesn’t turn things around soon.

Hudson, 34, is batting .156/.191/.200 over his first 46 plate appearances this season. He seems to be losing his job to utility infielder Andy Parrino, who started last night against the Phillies and two out of the three games against the Rockies earlier this week.

Miller speculates that a possible release could coincide with the pending return of Logan Forsythe, who is scheduled to head to extended spring training this weekend after undergoing surgery in March to have the sesamoid bone removed from his left foot.

Releasing Hudson would be a major statement for the thrifty Padres, who have the lowest payroll in the majors at $55.6 million. Hudson is owed $5.5 million this year and a $2 million buyout on his $8 million option for next season. Still, he signed his two-year, $11.5 million deal under former GM Jed Hoyer and has batted just .237/.316/.336 with a .652 OPS over 131 games with San Diego.

The Padres lost their fourth straight game last night and now sit at a major-league worst 3-12 on the young season, so with Hudson on the steady decline and his trade value nil, it might be worth it to bite the bullet while seeing what younger players like Parrino and Forsythe can do.

  1. xpensivewinos - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    The team is a joke. At this point, getting rid of Hudson is like tossing a deck chair off the Titanic.

    The entire organization from top to bottom is circling the drain. The only hope they have of rejuvenating interest in a team that has become completely irrelevant, is a “Magic-esque” infusion of false optimism that comes with new ownership and the hope that something might change.

    Pretty sure the folks in San Diego were told once that ballpark got built, the days of having the lowest payroll in baseball were over…………and that coincides with the largest tv contract they’ve ever had. Nice.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      I’m impressed you were able to work in a circle the drain and a deck chair on the titanic reference. Maybe next time you could use a “win-win” or better yet a “win-win-win” take.

  2. icanspeel - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Hudson was never a right fit for the Padres.. they often say he is the first one to leave the clubhouse and his range and bat have become slow. No one expected the Padres to win the division this year, and all around baseball it was deemed a rebuilding year, so why not let the young players play?

  3. drakosm - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I’m not sure why this Scott Miller article is getting so much publicity. It’s not like he’s the first member of the media to talk about this. And Parrino did start last night but it was at SS for Bartlett. Hudson was the starting second baseman.

  4. mikeincmn - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    While I never support billionaires dropping payroll, I suspect the padres low payroll has more to do with the owner going through a divorce and not being able to sell the team yet.

    But lets be honest, this franchise is going to take a long time to win over fans again with Adrian Gonzalez being gone. That pretty much sucked the soul out if the franchise and its fans. Toss in watching heath bell walk away and getting nothing in return. That being said the minor league system was a mess when Towers was fired, at least now thanks to Hoyer and Byrnes it has some potential again.

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