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Orlando Hudson not ready to retire, but job prospects for 2013 look bleak

Oct 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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With his 11th season in the majors winding down White Sox infielder Orlando Hudson made it clear that he’s not ready to retire, but in looking at the 34-year-old’s performance it may not be entirely up to him at this point.

Hudson joined the White Sox after being released by the Padres and has hit .198 in 84 games overall, posting a .568 OPS after hitting .246 with what was at the time a career-low .681 OPS last season.

He’ll surely be able to secure a minor-league deal and a chance to compete for a roster spot in spring training, but Hudson’s days of being offered guaranteed money may be over and his lack of defensive versatility and diminished range at second base could make winning a bench spot difficult.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Not many players who were selected in round 43 of the MLB draft have an 11 year MLB career. If it is over, I salute him.

  2. jwayne03 - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    O-Dog is a HOFer!!!

  3. icanspeel - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Either way, he will still be making money from the Padres. Worst signing they had in the recent years.

  4. snakeeyes11 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Ok, it’s not exactly playing but he had a short stint on the MLB network and was AWESOME! He brings a nice energy to the analyst desk. I think if he retires, he should stay near the game by calling up ESPN or FSN. He’d do great!

  5. snakeeyes11 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Saw him do a couple of shows on the MLB network. Nice energy and handles himself well. If he retires, he can stay near baseball by being on TV.

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