Twins Sign Orlando Hudson

The Twins signed Orlando Hudson to a one-year $5MM deal. The contract, which doesn't include incentives, dictates that the Twins can't offer Hudson arbitration if he is a Type A free agent.

Hudson will take over at second base for Nick Punto, who played the position from mid-June until the end of the season.  Punto posted a solid 9.4 UZR/150 as the Twins' second baseman, but hit just .228/.337/.284 with one homer on the year.

In 149 games for the Dodgers last season, the 32-year-old Hudson hit .283/.357/.417 with 9 HRs.  While he holds a career UZR/150 of 2.6, he posted a -7.6 in 2008 and -3.7 in 2009.

The Nationals and Indians were also pursuing Hudson. Washington promptly agreed to a deal with Adam Kennedy once Hudson agreed to a contract with the Twins.

Curtis Kitchen of WHB Radio in Kansas City first tweeted that Hudson had reached an agreement with the Twins. ESPN.com's Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted contract details.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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