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Padres release Orlando Hudson, place Jason Bartlett on DL

May 17, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

Orlando Hudson AP

It seems like just yesterday I was writing about how odd it was that Orlando Hudson had five triples and zero doubles this season. And now he’s out of a job.

San Diego released the veteran second baseman after Hudson hit just .211 with a .260 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage in 35 games despite those league-leading five triples.

He wasn’t a whole lot better last season, hitting .246 with seven homers and a .681 OPS in 119 games to snap a streak of nine straight seasons with an OPS above .700.

At age 34 he may simply be washed up and there was almost zero chance of Hudson being claimed off waivers thanks to his $5.5 million salary this season and $8 million team option or $2 million buyout for 2013. However, now that the Padres have released Hudson and eaten his contract it wouldn’t be shocking to see a contender (the veteran-loving Giants, perhaps?) snatch him up on the cheap.

Hudson repeatedly had trouble securing multi-year deals as a free agent until the Padres surprisingly handed him a two-year, $11.5 million contract in December of 2010, and he ended up giving them 154 games of a .657 OPS for the investment.

UPDATE: San Diego will have a completely new double-play duo, as the Padres also placed struggling shortstop Jason Bartlett on the disabled list with a strained knee. Everth Cabrera, who was stuck in the minors after being arrested this spring, and Alexi Amarista, who was acquired from the Angels for Ernesto Frieri recently, were called up from Triple-A and figure to see most of the middle infield action.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - May 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    According to the trivia dealy on SNY today, Hudson’s one of three active players who’s homered against all 30 MLB teams. Though depending on when they asked that question, he may not have been “active” at the time I guess.

    • ptfu - May 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      That’s an amazing homer distribution for someone with only 91 of them.

  2. dirtfrompeedysuniform - May 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    This the last piece of the puzzle they needed to fall into place. They should be poised to make a big run.

    • gloccamorra - May 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      What, they couldn’t make a run with a .210 hitting 2B and .131 hitting SS? What about all the other hitters the Padres hav… Oh.

  3. foreverchipper10 - May 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Say it ain’t O-dog.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 17, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Hudson had a very good career for a player who was drafted the the 43rd round of the 1997 draft.

  5. icanspeel - May 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they told Bartlett to either go on the DL or get released since I really thought he was going to go before Hudson. Hudson hasn’t been great this year, but compare his stats to Bartlett’s and he looks so much better.

  6. minimoose763 - May 17, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Hudson has “Sabean” written all over him. I really hope the Giants don’t pick him up. But we all know that washed up infielders are like catnip for Sabean and Bochy.

  7. micker716 - May 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Maybe the Cubs and Jed Hoyer, the man who gave him that ridiculous contract to begin with.

  8. ndnut - May 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Twins should puck him up. Loved him when he was here. WE MISS YOU O-DOG!

    • spudatx - May 18, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      Both of these guys were respectable Twins. I’d like to see O-Hud come back to Minnesota too, but he’s no upgrade with Carroll, Casilla, and Dozier present. Oh, then again they have that train wreck of a contract with Nishioka down in the minors that they’d hope to revive if they needed a .225 hitter.

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