Benching Costs Orlando Hudson

Talking to Jim Peltz of the L.A. Times, Dodgers manager Joe Torre would not commit to Ronnie Belliard over Orlando Hudson as the team's starting second baseman.  Belliard has started at second base in eight of the team's 18 games this month, as well as a few times at third.

Hudson stands to lose money as a bench player, though he was gracious in comments made to Peltz.  The way his contract is set up, Hudson is currently earning $10,000 per plate appearance up until his 632nd.  He's already earned $7.63MM on the season, despite a base salary of $3.38MM.

The larger effect of the benching may be on Hudson's next contract.  He faces strong competition among free agent second basemen, and will have a hard time topping this year's salary.

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