Orlando Hudson Rumors: Monday

3:53pm: The Rockies are out on Hudson as well as Felipe Lopez, writes Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.

Meanwhile, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said on Sirius XM's MLB Home Plate show today that GM Mike Rizzo "feels confident that we’re going to get [a Hudson deal] done," but other teams are interested and taking a lower-than-expected contract "might be a little bit of a hard pill to swallow" for the player.

11:15am: Ladson tweets that the Indians, Rockies, and another AL team – not the Twins – are in on Hudson, aside from the Nationals.  He adds in another tweet that Hudson "appears unwilling to play for the Nats at a discount."

Still, Olney does believe (via Twitter) the Twins have shifted their focus from pitching to an infielder, perhaps given Nick Punto's recent surgery and Francisco Liriano's impresive winter ball stint.

9:25am: Let's try to decipher the latest rumors involving free agent second baseman Orlando HudsonMLB.com's Bill Ladson expects a decision this week (Twitter).

Yesterday, ESPN's Tim Kurkjian wrote the Nationals "appear to be getting closer to signing" Hudson.  The deal "would be for $3 million with incentives that could easily reach $4 million for 2010."  Kurkjian cautioned that Hudson had not signed off on Washington's offer.  Also on Sunday, Ladson countered Kurkjian's report with two Tweets.  Ladson said Nationals GM Mike Rizzo hadn't talked to Hudson's agent "in a couple of days," and if Hudson's price is coming down "that's news to Rizzo."

This morning, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Twins "appear to be serious in their pursuit of Hudson."  On Saturday, La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wondered if the Twins were "looking harder into acquiring Hudson" based on TwinsFest comments.  Neal's colleague Joe Christensen doesn't believe the Twins would go to $3MM for Hudson.


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56 Comments on "Orlando Hudson Rumors: Monday"


BlackBocks
5 years 7 months ago

I really hope the Twins don’t miss this opportunity. I really dont like a Harris/Punto bottom of the lineup…adding Hudson and batting him 2 would make our lineup more formidable. Although it is an even year which means Punto will be good this year (sarcasm). Just get it done…Hudson this week…Mauer next week. Watch the season ticket packs sell.

rayking
5 years 7 months ago

O-Dog going to the Nats would be a great signing for them. It could keep Marquis’ playoff streak alive – Nats wildcard in 2010? Unlikely, but conceivable. Rotation of Marquis, Lannan, Strasburg, S. Olsen and JD Martin may be adequate, although clearly inferior to rotations of Phils and Braves.

rico7961
5 years 7 months ago

Hudson would really, really, really help the Twins. With him batting 2nd, adding his defense and his speed it could really be advantageous to what the Twins already have. I just hope they can get it done. It makes our lineup that much more formidible that its well worth the chance. Its sets up our offense in so many more ways that don,t show in statistics. Only people who watch the team every day know this.

5 years 7 months ago

This would be a huge signing for the Twins. Here’s a sample lineupCF Span2B HudsonC Mauer1B MorneuaRF CuddyerDH KubelSS HardyLF Young3B Punto/Harris/ValenciaWOW . . . or against RightiesCF Span2B HudsonC Mauer1B MorneauRF CuddyerLF KubelDH Thome SS Hardy3B Punto/Harris/ValenciaThis off day lineup would be ridiculous. 3-8 all have the ability to knock out 25 -30 homeruns.

tonyjar0502
5 years 7 months ago

Why would you have Thome in against lefties? The more logical thing would be to have him in against righties and Delmon in against lefties… But good signing if it happens.

5 years 7 months ago

I realized I goofed that up and changed it right away haha, yah I realize that would just be stupid.

CrisE
5 years 7 months ago

Punto’s wrist surgery is unrelated. They know exactly who and what he is and the wrist thing is not a big deal. So what could have changed lately that would prompt interest in Hudson? 1. The forward progress of everyone else in the AL Central seems to be stopped. 2. Liriano’s winter ball extravaganza has him looking a lot more like 2006 than 2009.Management could be feeling they could make some serious hay with a relatively minor investment in Hudson. This is my guess, but I admit to having some hope in there clouding things up.

pseudofool
5 years 7 months ago

This makes too much sense for the Twins. They’d have to spend less than 5% of their total payroll, and acquire a player who fills on obvious hole. While I understand their eagerness to acquire another starter, the upgrade at second base is more significant than the 5/6th starter however much we might need that person. There’s no reason to believe that all five of Perkins/Liriano/Duensing/Swarzak/Manship will fail.

melonis_rex
5 years 7 months ago

Exactly. You’ve already got Baker-Blackburn-Slowey-Pavano and then a mix of 5th guys, including Liriano. I see zero need for a starter. Liriano’s pretty primed to rebound.

pseudofool
5 years 7 months ago

You just can’t count on Liriano at this point (though we’re all encouraged by what we’ve heard from the winter dominican league); what’s key is the redundancy of players who now have a bit of seasoning and some (Duensing) have had success.

melonis_rex
5 years 7 months ago

Getting Hudson would make the Twins automatic favorites in the division, unless Kenny Williams wakes up and gets his team a DH.

tonyjar0502
5 years 7 months ago

Thome won’t hit against lefties. Righties would be a bit more logical and Delmon against lefties.

5 years 7 months ago

Completely agree this would be a major upgrade for the Twins. Good defense AND a major league caliber bat at second base at the same time…dare I dream?

BlackBocks
5 years 7 months ago

Dreaming the Twins sign a good free agent is like dreaming the Vikings win a Super Bowl.

5 years 7 months ago

The truth of this comment hurts a bit.

jhawk90
5 years 7 months ago

If they were willing to throw 5 mil at Washburn, this should be an absolute no-brainer for the Twins. Incentive him up to 6-7, pencil him in at the 2 spot and this line-up – well I don’t know if they’ve ever had one this solid going into a season.

5 years 7 months ago

Although it was reported much afterwards, the local twins beat writers said that the offer to Washburn was before Pavano accepted arbitration and they haven’t talked since. I very much hope that’s the truth as I want the Twins to stay far away from Washburn.

jhawk90
5 years 7 months ago

Agreed. Also since they just opened discussions w/Mauer and this came up over the weekend, maybe my theory on him saying “We’re starting the season with Punto at 2B and Harris/Tolbert at 3B? Really?” may actually be true! :p

5 years 7 months ago

Signing Washburn would actually be a pretty bad idea. He wasn’t any better last year than he has been in the past, he was just incredibly lucky to have the Mariner’s defense behind him for most of the year. That money would be better spent on risk/reward type guys like Wang and Bedard, who would at least be TOTR starters if healthy.

5 years 7 months ago

So is that potential Hudson deal for $3m plus incentives that could make it $4m or for $3m + a potential $4m in incentives that could make it $7m?

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t quite get the distain for Nick Punto coming from Twins fans. Look I realize he has absoluely no power but he has several other strong points. Let me give you my take on him as an outsider.

Cons:

-Hit .228/.337/.284 resulting in a .621 OPS last year
-Has no power with a .056 ISO and only 4HR in the past three seasons.
-He makes 4M this year

Pros:

-He was actually pretty unlucky last year. He hit a greater percetage of LD and GB (as these result in a higher rate of hits) but his BABIP fell 20 points off of his career average when it should have risen based on LD% and GB% raises.
-He has a very good eye at the plate getting almost as many walks (61) as strikeouts (70) with a nifty 14.5 BB%
-If you adjust his stats last year by taking out the BABIP gap and add in a bit for the increased LD&GB rates he could be looking at a line right about .250/.360/.300 which would be just fine in the #9 spot. Its not like he has never been a good contact hitter as he has hit .284 and .290 in the last four years.
-According to UZR/150, Punto would be in the great-to-elite catagory at 3B with a career UZR/150 at third base of 19.9.

So in summary, if Punto is just has average luck and keeps his increasing periferals steady the Twins could have a great fielding 3B with a OBP that works in the #9 spot, and keeping 3B warm for Valencia, while not eating 4M with him sitting on the bench.

BlackBocks
5 years 7 months ago

I hope I can speak for many when I say this…Punto is alright as a stopgap to something greater at 3b. Its the Punto/Harris potential bottom of the lineup that makes us nervous.

jhawk90
5 years 7 months ago

“I don’t quite get the distain for Nick Punto coming from Twins fans.”

Missed that playoff game against the Yanks, eh?

Punto’s numbers at 3B are skewed by his one career year there (’06). Not his fault, but the Twins urge to lock him up so early last off-season to that ridiculous contract while much more talented guys signed later on for much less didn’t help, especially when you come off of that and throw a .228/.337 out there.

Fortunately it’s an even numbered contract year, so good Nick will show up again and further cement his status as Gardy’s cabana boy. At least until he slides head first into 1B and hurts himself for the 20th time.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

“Missed that playoff game against the Yanks, eh?”

Punto hit .444/.583/.556/1.139 in that three game series against the Yanks (better than Mauer mind you). What the heck are you talking about?

jhawk90
5 years 7 months ago

Game 3
Bottom 8th: Minnesota
– P. Hughes relieved J. Chamberlain
– N. Punto doubled to left
– D. Span singled to second, N. Punto to third, N. Punto out at home

Running through a stop sign with no outs on an infield hit with your team down by 1 – priceless.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

More like traumatic. =

jhawk90
5 years 7 months ago

When I first thought back about the play I chuckled. When I watched it again it put me right back to the moment and the word definitely is traumatic.

The only thing missing is the overhead shot with him running head down right by Ullger’s outstretched arms. Again, not his fault for cashing in, but when you hear about guys that can be had for a few mil and the Twins say they don’t have it, guess whose deal comes to mind first.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

I hate that I even had to go find a link to this video:

http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200910117044677&c_id=min

Bonehead plays like this are only part of the reason for the general disdain toward Punto. The other is the fact that we constantly give him shot after shot at a starting role and then end up surprised when he’s hitting .211 at the All-Star Break with a .590 OPS and we’ve got no better options.

The fact that even after floundering in two different attempts at an everyday role for the majority of the season (a five-week hot streak salvaged his 2008), we signed him and gave him $9MM is just painful. There’s no reason he should be making as much as he is, and the fact is that it could very well cost us a shot at a better offensive option who could likely field a little bit too.

No, Hudson’s glove isn’t near Punto’s, but he’d be an upgrade to the Twins over the current outlook of Punto/Harris. An extra $2MM-$2.5MM to spend on him would be nice right now, but it’s going to a vastly overpaid and overutilized resource.

Drew
5 years 7 months ago

Hey don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE to have him platoon at 3B this year. I just think we can improve massively over a 2B Punto and a 3B Harris if we picked up Hudson. Move Punto to 3B and let him battle Harris for starts. He’s a great 3B defender, and if you’re right, and his luck bounces back, he’s completely serviceable. If Harris managed to outplay him, even better.

Twins GM
5 years 7 months ago

Punto is nothing more than a util guy who has a good glove. Say all you want for him but lets face it he is lucky to be in the majors. I can count more 2B/3B bench players on the other 29 teams that I would like starting over him than players starting at 2B/3B that I would want Punto over. Take that back the Royals have more bench players (Aviles, Bloomquist, Fields, Getz) that I would rather have starting than Putno than guys I would rather have Punto starting over who have starting jobs at 2B/3B on the other 29 teams.
Fact Ray Ordonez has a higher career batting avg than Punto and more seasons hitting over .240 and he had a lot better glove than Punto could dream of and he only lasted 7 MLB seasons. Punto is starting his 8th!

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

So you are going to base your entire arguement on BA and just throw out everything else about the player? Very shrewd.

Twins GM
5 years 7 months ago

Just what is Punto good at? Lets see here; avg speed, no power, can’t hit for avg, bad contract, above avg glove, avg eye (BB/K rate), not young anymore and has no potential. That makes him a below avg player and a fringe MLB player. Don’t get me wrong I was cheering my ass off for the guy in August a few years back when he got over the .200 mark getting 3 hits in one game (game not week)!!!

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

“avg speed”

~20 SB over a full year is solidly above average for a 3B

“no power”

Yeah, he has no power.

“can’t hit for average”

He has hit .290 and .284 in two of his last four seasons and a bit of bad luck last year brought his average down. I wouldn’t say ‘can’t’, I would say ‘certainly can but may not’.

“bad contract”

Maybe so, but I have no idea what this has do do with what he is good at.

“above average glove”

No, I would say his glove is way above average and into the elite range of thirdbasemen. The metrics and scouts both likely agree with me on this. On a team like the Twins where most of their staff induces contact this becomes a HUGE plus in a thirdbasemen.

“avg eye”

Again, I’m not seeing how you can say a BB/K near 1.0 and a BB% of 14.5% is just ‘avg’. Those kinds of rates are very very good.

“not young anymore and has no potential”

So he is 32, thats not that old. I’ll give you he doens’t have much potential but he is certainly not in the fall off the cliff at any moment type old.

“That makes him a below avg player and a fringe MLB player”

No, no it doesn’t.

Twins GM
5 years 7 months ago

“avg speed”

~20 SB over a full year is solidly above average for a 3B

– yes 20 SB over a “FULL” year is solid for a 3B or 1B or C. Most 3B are power guys very few teams play speed guys at 3B. But yet guys like Arod, Wright, Figgins, and Reynolds are all better speed guys. Also Punto is not a good base stealer. 16/19 last year was his career best, other years 15/21, 16/22, 17/23, and 13/21. Overall 74.6% rate most teams don’t let players run who are under 75%. So sure he would make top 5 for a fantasy 3B for SB’s but MLB wise he is avg.

“no power”

Yeah, he has no power.

“can’t hit for average”

He has hit .290 and .284 in two of his last four seasons and a bit of bad luck last year brought his average down. I wouldn’t say ‘can’t’, I would say ‘certainly can but may not’.
– and in the last five seasons he has also hit .228, .210, and .239. Also lets look over those 5 years with what the average AL batting average was for that season.
2009 AL .267 Punto .239 -.028 below avg
2008 AL .268 Punto .284 +.018 above avg
2007 AL .271 Punto .210 -.061 below avg
2006 AL .275 Punto .290 +.015 above avg
2005 AL .268 Punto .228 -.040 below avg

“bad contract”

Maybe so, but I have no idea what this has do do with what he is good at.
– put that in because it hurts the team having a bad contract. 2 years 8.5MM was a very bad contract that year. Many high end players signed for the same type of money or less. Punto is no where near that type of money.

“above average glove”

No, I would say his glove is way above average and into the elite range of thirdbasemen. The metrics and scouts both likely agree with me on this. On a team like the Twins where most of their staff induces contact this becomes a HUGE plus in a thirdbasemen.
– I say he is above average because that is what he is. Yes at 3B he is stud with his glove vs many big sluggers who play 3B. 2B and SS he is above average but not elite.

“avg eye”

Again, I’m not seeing how you can say a BB/K near 1.0 and a BB% of 14.5% is just ‘avg’. Those kinds of rates are very very good.
-If he played a full season he would have well over 100 K’s. In his career his 162 game avg would give him 488 AB’s and 91 K’s with 55 BB’s. Full everyday season would net him 550 AB’s to 600 AB’s. Yes he can draw a walk but he would be a high K guy also.

“not young anymore and has no potential”

So he is 32, thats not that old. I’ll give you he doens’t have much potential but he is certainly not in the fall off the cliff at any moment type old.
– Most MLB players stats fall off at the age of 32. Most hit their prime at age 27-29 and put up career years. Punto is no Bonds where his stats are going to get better after the age of 32. Also Punto can’t fall off the cliff because he already hit bottom!

“That makes him a below avg player and a fringe MLB player”

No, no it doesn’t.
-I stand by words he is an average player and a fringe MLB player

stateu
5 years 7 months ago

agreed

Oldgoat_MN
5 years 7 months ago

bbxxj – Most Twins fans like Punto as a super-sub. He is actually about as good as you could ask for in that position.
The issue is that Gardenhire plays him even if he is hitting .200.
Punto historically hits MUCH better when he plays as a sub. Given a high number of at bats, his numbers tend to fall off.
Probably most of the frustration that comes out against Nick is really frustration that should be leveled at Gardy for playing Punto whether there are better options available or not.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

“Punto historically hits MUCH better when he plays as a sub. Given a high number of at bats, his numbers tend to fall off.”

Career as a starter:
.249/.323/.327/.650

Career as a sub:
.238/.312/.262/.574

You sure about that?

Twins GM
5 years 7 months ago

not sure how you got those stats but the two years punto hit a baseball he got a lot of AB’s but was a util player filling in for injured players and regular sub time at 2B/3B/SS.

P.S. Nick Punto fan club poll. “What Position Would You Like To See The Punto Play At This Season?” 33% 119 votes start 2B, 31% 111 votes Pitching, 22% 79 votes Util.
Of course he can’t pitch because NL pitchers would make fun of his avg.

Oldgoat_MN
5 years 7 months ago

His last two years as primarily a starter:
.210/.291.271 and .228/.337/.284
His last year as a sub: .284/.344/.382

These are the stats to which Twins fans are referring.

5 years 7 months ago

I have to say that Ladson’s tweet was pretty silly. It is clear that Hudson doesn’t want to play for anybody “at a discount,” or else he would have signed by now. Twitter does constrain details, so perhaps he means that Hudson is not willing to play for the Nats at a discount from the ridiculous $9M price he put on himself.

If that is the case, then I am disappointed, because it suggests that maybe Hudson would play at less than $9 for some other team that might contend. If that is the case, then the book is closed on Hudson in DC. Although I really don’t care about the Lerners’ (Nats owners’) money, I don’t want the team to hurt their future negotiating position with other players by being forced to wildly overpay what other teams must for free agents.

+1/2St.

gson
5 years 7 months ago

By the lack of posting by others about the Indians inclusion in this discussion, it seems like their inclusion was a waste of ink (and keystrokes). The Indians are NOT in on the O-Dawg.. not now..not ever.. it doesn’t make sense for them…

5 years 7 months ago

Career as a starter:
.249/.323/.327/.650

This is why I’m excited about seeing Hudson in a Twins uniform. I think Punto has a role on this team (though not at 4 mil – but that’s besides the point), starting at second or third for 150 games shouldn’t be it.

Mauerneau
5 years 7 months ago

CMON TWINS PLEAASE!

Drew
5 years 7 months ago

The source of the Indians, Rockies, and “another AL team not the twins” just confirmed to me on twitter that HIS source specifically said the Twins were not in the picture. Here’s to hoping he’s REALLY wrong…

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

I followed Hudson last year with the dodgers up to the all star break Hudson was among the league leaders in hits and batting avg. After the break the Hudsons bat just vanished. Prehaps he played injured and it was not made public but it was Jekyll and Hyde season for Orlando. Torre benched him during the last few weeks of the season and into the playoffs. In the field he was very good so not sure what to make of him.