White Sox Sign Orlando Hudson

The White Sox announced that they have signed infielder Orlando Hudson to a one-year deal.  The Padres released Hudson last Thursday afternoon and he agreed to terms with Chicago over the weekend.

The Legacy Sports Group client is expected to play some third base and back up Gordon Beckham at second base, according to Scott Merkin of MLB.com.  Hudson turned down an opportunity to play regularly elsewhere in order to join the White Sox in this role.

Hudson has struggled at the plate, posting a .211/.260/.317 line in 131 plate appearances so far this season.  Once an elite fielder, Hudson has lost range and fielding ability in recent years, according to The Fielding Bible Volume III.  This year the four-time Gold Glove winner has started 33 games at second base, the only position he's played at the MLB level.

Peter Gammons of MLB.com first reported the agreement (via Twitter).  Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.

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