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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  1. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Oriole and Giants fans can breathe a sigh of relief.. Williams was the dolt…

    • Backup for Beckham and Morel who has a sore back, at a major league minimum.  Haven’t seen you GM around these parts.  Which team do you run again?

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

         LOL. Funny. Duquette is the KING of signing has beens and trying to revive a career and he has a DIRE need of a utility IF. You KNOW that when he passes on someone on the surface that looks like a decent sign (Hudson) there is a BIG time problem.. hence the sigh of relief…

        Hudson is a clubhouse problem who can’t produce with the bat and is an atrocious defender nowadays.. Williams might as well have signed Julio Lugo..

    • chico65 3 years ago

      Yep…this O-Dawg has completely lost his bite

  2. Ryan Ward 3 years ago

    another GENIUS kenny williams acquisition..almost as good as Teahen!

  3. Padres4lif3 3 years ago

    You guys can have him! Just think about it..he wasnt good enough to play for the Padres. Hes a clubhouse cancer and doesnt give it 100%. when he makes a crucial error or strikes out he will smile like he doesnt care.His range is bad too.

    • anthony88 3 years ago

      why can’t he smile. I mean it’s a game it’s suppose to be fun.. 

  4. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Almost tempting to listen to the next ChiSox game, if only to listen to how the Hawk will try and explain how Hudson will help this team and he’s some kind of “Wonder sign” by Williams..

    Don’t get me wrong.. I always liked Harrelson, like from his playing days with Boston even, but his love-ness for Williams is enough to make you want to throw up all over ur tie.

    • Well I don’t expect much but if health has been a problem the White Sox are the right team for him. And yes they have had their share of successful pet projects. It’s the league minimum. There is no harm in this move.

    • Wes Whitenack 3 years ago

      It’s a shame he’s allowed to have a job broadcasting. Just completely terrible.

      But anyway..Nice low risk move by Chicago.

  5. Sad that Beckham hasn’t developed one bit at the plate.  He is trade bait.  Neither Beckham nor Hudson will be CWS 2nd basemen next season.

  6. westcoastwhitesox 3 years ago

    I’m going to believe this is the most far-fetched Don Cooper reclamation project yet.

    • Blue387 3 years ago

      Is he going to turn Hudson into a pitcher?

    • klassic 3 years ago

      Apparently sarcasm escapes those on the east coast.  Well played WCWS, well played.

  7. bigpat 3 years ago

    Another one of those guys who provides “veteran leadership” only when the team is winning, and sulks when things aren’t going his way. Good luck I suppose. 

    • yikes. Didnt realize that. Problematic if he turns out like O-Cab, or worse..Swishalicious

      • andruwww 3 years ago

        I don’t think that is possible, those two are the WORST.

  8. Kenny Always gets his guy, I know I will eventually see Miguel Cabrera, Roy Halladay, and Chone Figgins in a white sox uniform if kenny is still the GM

  9. Williams gets his bum, I mean man. 

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer GM and team. 

    There is a reason Hudson has played for so many teams and almost all on one year deals and its not because he is in so much demand.

  10. jwsox 3 years ago

    Called it! Look in his thread about being released !! Love how people are hating a low risk minor league signing.

  11. northsfbay 3 years ago

    I am glad the White Sox signed him. The Giants didn’t have him.

  12. CommissionerBart 3 years ago

    Hudson is about 35. At first glance, this signing may look like yet another Williams boner, but perhaps at 35 Hudson actually makes the Sox younger overall.  😉

  13. Stuartsmith1988 3 years ago

    I was strangely hoping the M’s would sign him…

  14. Dynamite_Harry 3 years ago

    Read an article that he’s going to play 3rd and be a backup at 2nd, despite never playing a game at 3b. This is a better option than Dallas McPherson or Conor Jackson?

    • westcoastwhitesox 3 years ago

      I think those AAA guys are injured right now.

    • the_show 3 years ago

      He came through the Blue Jays system at third base so it isn’t totally foreign to him

  15. Could be a good signing, still leading the big leagues in triples after all.

  16. “Orlando Hudson to sign with White Sox”, why not?

  17. I watched O-dawg play almost every game for SD. He flat out sucked early in the season but was showing signs of improving at the plate just before his release. He is no longer an everyday player, his defensive range is gone, but he could help out a veteran club as a backup–worth a shot at minimum wage. His biggest problem was the SD fans who loathed his lackadasical approach and constant fraternizing with the opponents. Winning didn’t appear to be a priority for him and the fans (and his teammates) took notice.

    • lolpods 3 years ago

       one of the few worthwhile comments here. this is why it’s weird signing. the sox tend to stay away from these types of guys.

    • steverandel 3 years ago

      You pretty much summed it up. Perhaps he would be more useful as a DH. The first time Hudson gets nicked at third, he’ll go on the DL.

  18. citizen 3 years ago

    SADLY at .211 the ba is  better than beckham’s .209.

    • brian310 3 years ago

       and Morel’s putrid average (off the top of my head, I would say it .191)

    • Stuart Brown 3 years ago

      And he’s leading the majors in triples. I’m so confused.

  19. If you don’t have the very worst farm system in baseball, you don’t have to make these kinds of desperate moves. The Sox need a real GM.

    • the_show 3 years ago

      Funny we have a bunch of guys from our farm system excelling this year..


      De Aza

      Addison Reed

      Nate Jones


      Flowers has done well in very limited action

      • vtadave 3 years ago

        I think you and I have a different definition of “excelling”.

        • the_show 3 years ago

          Well Nate Jones has an ERA under 2

          De AZA is batting .290 and has done a nexcellent job getting on base

          Viciedo is till developing but has nearly as many homeruns as Konerko

          Addison reed has locked down our closing role

          So I guess you need a dictionary

          • rockfordone 3 years ago

            You are correct. vtadave is a Cubs fan. Thank god we have six with the Cubs. They are leave a lot to be desired. To say it in a nice way.

          • vtadave 3 years ago

            Cubs fan? No thanks.  Jones, Reed, and De Aza have been fine.

            Santiago sure did a great job as the closer though.

            Flowers has one good game and now he’s doing well?

            Viciedo has had a nice run recently, but a sub-.800 OPS and 33:3 K:BB from a corner OF isn’t exactly “excelling”.

          • cachhubguy 3 years ago

            Addison Reed has locked down our closer role? You sir are the “meister” of small sample size.

  20. Padres4lif3 3 years ago

    So what your saying is for playing for the White Sox will make his range come back magically? lol

  21. The White Sox pay league minimum and have holes. Its a very low risk try. 

  22. ChiSoxKid 3 years ago

    Shoot, not playing for the Padres will make anyone’s range come back!

  23. Padres4lif3 3 years ago

    Hmm..We will see what happens over time. You are right that he should improve in batting but its not that hard to improve a .211 AVG.

  24. Padres4lif3 3 years ago

    Yeah do your Giants want him:). He’s on the DL right now so thats why he hasnt been released.Two bad signings of the Hoyer era.

  25. westcoastwhitesox 3 years ago

    Robin Ventura is the manager buddy.

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