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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53 Comments on "White Sox Sign Orlando Hudson"


johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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 3 months 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 3 months ago

Yep…this O-Dawg has completely lost his bite

Ryan Ward
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

Prorated major league minimum. Where’s the downside?

0vercast
3 years 3 months ago

It’s true.  If he cops an attitude, they can just cut him loose.

Padres4lif3
3 years 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

johnsilver
3 years 3 months 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.

3 years 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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

But anyway..Nice low risk move by Chicago.

3 years 3 months ago

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.

westcoastwhitesox
3 years 3 months ago

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

Blue387
3 years 3 months ago

Is he going to turn Hudson into a pitcher?

klassic
3 years 3 months ago

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

bigpat
3 years 3 months 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. 

3 years 3 months ago

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

andruwww
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

Sure… if you use photo shop anything can happen! :p

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 3 months ago

I can’t say I’ve ever seen Cabrera, Halladay and Figgins in the same sentence.

3 years 3 months ago

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.

3 years 3 months ago

This is pretty goofy what exactly do you expect to happen? 

jwsox
3 years 3 months ago

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

northsfbay
3 years 3 months ago

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

CommissionerBart
3 years 3 months 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.  😉

andruwww
3 years 3 months ago

This comment is about 3 seasons late.

omavricko
3 years 3 months ago

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

Dynamite_Harry
3 years 3 months 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 3 months ago

I think those AAA guys are injured right now.

the_show
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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 3 months 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 3 months 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.

citizen
3 years 3 months ago

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

brian310
3 years 3 months ago

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

Stuart Brown
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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

Viciedo

De Aza

Addison Reed

Nate Jones

Santiago

Flowers has done well in very limited action

vtadave
3 years 3 months ago

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

the_show
3 years 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

Padres4lif3
3 years 3 months ago

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

3 years 3 months ago

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

ChiSoxKid
3 years 3 months ago

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

Padres4lif3
3 years 3 months 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.

Padres4lif3
3 years 3 months 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.

westcoastwhitesox
3 years 3 months ago

Robin Ventura is the manager buddy.