9:44pm: "Don't look for [the Nationals] to offer Hudson a two-year deal," a source tells Ladson. The source also says that the Nats only want to give Hudson a deal akin to Juan Uribe's one-year, $3.25MM contract with San Francisco, feeling that Uribe's deal "set the market for infielders like Hudson." Ladson's piece also goes into greater detail about Washington's interest in Adam Kennedy.
11:48am: The Nationals would be willing to offer a two-year deal to free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson at the right price, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi mentioned on Twitter that the "per annum wouldn't be too high." MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweets that Hudson "wants $9MM for 2010," which is out of the Nats' price range. It seems likely that the handful of other teams considering second base help would also not be interested at that price.
Hudson, 32, did not sign last year until February 20th. His contract with the Dodgers guaranteed only $3.38MM, but he ultimately earned about $8MM after incentives. He hit .283/.357/.417, but lost playing time down the stretch. If you are a believer in the defensive stat UZR, Hudson has been average at best the last few years. The Nationals, who Morosi says are "prioritizing defense," must be evaluating Hudson in some other manner.