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Orlando Hudson 2BBlue Jays

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
11 5413 .273 .341 .412 .260 22.4
Birth Date12-12-1977
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 TOR 24 54 207 192 20 53 10 5 4 85 11 27 2 2 0 23 0 1 .276 .319 .443 .250 2.0 -1.6 0.0
2003 TOR 25 142 521 474 54 127 21 6 9 187 39 87 5 3 0 57 5 4 .268 .328 .395 .246 12.0 14.3 2.6
2004 TOR 26 135 551 489 73 132 32 7 12 214 51 98 4 4 3 58 7 3 .270 .341 .438 .263 18.4 18.6 3.6
2005 TOR 27 131 501 461 62 125 25 5 10 190 30 65 3 7 0 63 7 1 .271 .315 .412 .254 8.0 11.4 2.0
2006 ARI 28 157 650 579 87 166 34 9 15 263 61 78 2 4 4 67 9 6 .287 .354 .454 .274 34.1 2.8 3.6
2007 ARI 29 139 601 517 69 152 28 9 10 228 70 87 2 7 5 63 10 2 .294 .376 .441 .270 22.6 1.0 2.3
2008 ARI 30 107 455 407 54 124 29 3 8 183 40 62 2 3 3 41 4 1 .305 .367 .450 .278 23.2 0.9 2.4
2009 LAN 31 149 631 551 74 156 35 6 9 230 62 99 4 5 9 62 8 1 .283 .357 .417 .277 30.9 5.6 3.7
2010 MIN 32 126 559 497 80 133 24 5 6 185 50 87 4 3 5 37 10 3 .268 .338 .372 .245 4.9 6.6 1.2
2011 SDN 33 119 454 398 54 98 15 3 7 140 49 84 2 4 1 43 19 3 .246 .329 .352 .259 11.5 1.2 1.4
2012 CHA 34 51 152 137 10 27 3 3 2 42 12 24 0 0 3 17 3 1 .197 .262 .307 .203 -3.5 1.9 -0.2
2012 SDN 34 35 131 123 11 26 0 5 1 39 8 27 0 0 0 11 3 2 .211 .260 .317 .217 -1.3 -0.5 -0.2
Career1345541348256481319256669319864838253042335428528.273.341.412.260162.862.222.4

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1998 MED Rk 0 271 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 HAG A 0 557 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DUN A+ 0 397 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .307 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TEN AA 0 151 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .263 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TEN AA 84 349 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .345 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SYR AAA 55 224 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TOR MLB 54 207 .250 .267 .335 .428 .266 .301 106 -2.2 5.5 -0.3 -1.6 1.0 2.0 0.0 2.0 0.0
2002 SYR AAA 100 458 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .331 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TOR MLB 142 521 .246 .269 .334 .429 .264 .310 104 -7.9 14.2 -0.7 14.3 4.7 12.0 2.6 12.0 2.6
2004 TOR MLB 135 551 .263 .263 .331 .425 .257 .313 107 1.9 16.4 -0.8 18.6 1.7 18.4 3.6 18.4 3.6
2005 TOR MLB 131 501 .254 .267 .333 .423 .265 .293 103 -3.2 14.4 -0.7 11.4 -0.9 8.0 2.0 8.0 2.0
2006 ARI MLB 157 650 .274 .267 .332 .429 .264 .308 99 10.2 19.6 -0.9 2.8 3.2 34.1 3.6 34.1 3.6
2007 ARI MLB 139 601 .270 .266 .329 .418 .257 .333 103 6.3 17.8 -0.8 1.0 0.8 22.6 2.3 22.6 2.3
2008 ARI MLB 107 455 .278 .262 .329 .413 .263 .341 98 9 13.1 -0.7 0.9 0.3 23.2 2.4 23.2 2.4
2009 LAN MLB 149 631 .277 .258 .326 .407 .259 .328 91 11.7 18.1 -0.8 5.6 1.6 30.9 3.7 30.9 3.7
2010 MIN MLB 126 559 .245 .262 .328 .408 .257 .312 109 -8.3 15.4 -0.8 6.6 2.4 4.9 1.2 4.9 1.2
2011 SDN MLB 119 454 .259 .247 .311 .385 .256 .293 88 -0.4 12.2 -0.6 1.2 2.7 11.5 1.4 11.5 1.4
2011 LEL A+ 4 13 .550 .313 .386 .513 .296 .500 96 4.2 0.4 0 -0.2 0.7 5.5 0.5 5.5 0.5
2011 TUC AAA 2 7 .570 .294 .366 .463 .266 .750 110 2.6 0.2 0 -0.2 0.2 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2012 CHA MLB 51 152 .203 .256 .321 .401 .261 .225 106 -8.6 4.1 0.2 1.9 0.5 -3.5 -0.2 -3.5 -0.2
2012 SDN MLB 35 131 .217 .256 .315 .403 .259 .263 92 -5.6 3.6 -0.2 -0.5 1.4 -1.3 -0.2 -1.3 -0.2
2012 CHR AAA 5 17 .284 .279 .332 .422 .263 .357 99 0.5 0.5 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1998 MED Rk 271 50 71 18 1 8 42 22 36 6 5 .293 .369 .475 .182 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 HAG A 557 66 137 36 6 7 74 42 85 8 6 .267 .325 .402 .135 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DUN A+ 397 54 102 16 2 7 48 37 42 9 5 .285 .355 .399 .115 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TEN AA 151 17 32 4 3 2 15 15 18 3 2 .239 .325 .358 .119 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TEN AA 349 51 94 22 8 4 52 37 42 8 3 .307 .386 .471 .163 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SYR AAA 224 31 59 14 3 4 27 23 34 11 3 .304 .380 .469 .165 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SYR AAA 458 63 127 27 3 10 37 35 54 8 5 .305 .363 .456 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TOR MLB 207 20 53 10 5 4 23 11 27 0 1 .276 .319 .443 .167 .250 2.0 -1.6 0.0
2003 TOR MLB 521 54 127 21 6 9 57 39 87 5 4 .268 .328 .395 .127 .246 12.0 14.3 2.6
2004 TOR MLB 551 73 132 32 7 12 58 51 98 7 3 .270 .341 .438 .168 .263 18.4 18.6 3.6
2005 TOR MLB 501 62 125 25 5 10 63 30 65 7 1 .271 .315 .412 .141 .254 8.0 11.4 2.0
2006 ARI MLB 650 87 166 34 9 15 67 61 78 9 6 .287 .354 .454 .168 .274 34.1 2.8 3.6
2007 ARI MLB 601 69 152 28 9 10 63 70 87 10 2 .294 .376 .441 .147 .270 22.6 1.0 2.3
2008 ARI MLB 455 54 124 29 3 8 41 40 62 4 1 .305 .367 .450 .145 .278 23.2 0.9 2.4
2009 LAN MLB 631 74 156 35 6 9 62 62 99 8 1 .283 .357 .417 .134 .277 30.9 5.6 3.7
2010 MIN MLB 559 80 133 24 5 6 37 50 87 10 3 .268 .338 .372 .105 .245 4.9 6.6 1.2
2011 TUC AAA 7 4 3 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .750 .857 1.250 .500 .570 3.0 -0.2 0.3
2011 LEL A+ 13 6 4 0 0 1 3 6 0 2 0 .571 .769 1.000 .429 .550 5.5 -0.2 0.5
2011 SDN MLB 454 54 98 15 3 7 43 49 84 19 3 .246 .329 .352 .106 .259 11.5 1.2 1.4
2012 SDN MLB 131 11 26 0 5 1 11 8 27 3 2 .211 .260 .317 .106 .217 -1.3 -0.5 -0.2
2012 CHR AAA 17 1 5 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 .312 .353 .375 .062 .284 1.0 -0.0 0.1
2012 CHA MLB 152 10 27 3 3 2 17 12 24 3 1 .197 .262 .307 .109 .203 -3.5 1.9 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1636 0.4988 0.4412 0.8350 0.6532 0.2293 0.8780 0.7128 0.1650
2009 2401 0.5252 0.4209 0.8383 0.6130 0.2061 0.8797 0.7021 0.1597
2010 2027 0.5264 0.4238 0.8623 0.6092 0.2156 0.9154 0.6957 0.1342
2011 1819 0.4970 0.4343 0.8323 0.6294 0.2383 0.9121 0.6239 0.1665
2012 1064 0.5461 0.4459 0.8460 0.6386 0.2133 0.8922 0.6796 0.1540
Career89470.51740.4310.84280.62590.21990.89560.6840.1556

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-08-16 2012-09-01 15-DL 16 15 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2012-03-22 2012-03-30 Camp 8 0 Right Groin Soreness -
2012-03-15 2012-03-20 Camp 5 0 Right Groin Strain - -
2011-08-10 2011-08-12 DTD 2 2 Right Groin Strain - -
2011-07-02 2011-07-03 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball -
2011-05-26 2011-06-19 15-DL 24 22 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-05-04 2011-05-19 15-DL 15 13 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-09-20 2010-09-20 DTD 0 0 Shoulder Soreness -
2010-08-29 2010-08-29 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2010-07-24 2010-08-08 15-DL 15 14 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2010-05-31 2010-06-18 15-DL 18 16 Left Wrist Sprain Collision with Another Player -
2010-05-22 2010-05-22 DTD 0 0 Right Elbow Contusion HBP -
2010-05-09 2010-05-11 DTD 2 1 Shoulder Soreness -
2010-04-06 2010-04-06 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion HBP on Patella -
2009-09-24 2009-09-25 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Sprain -
2009-08-11 2009-08-12 DTD 1 1 Left Groin Soreness -
2009-08-04 2009-08-05 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness GI -
2009-07-20 2009-07-21 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Soreness -
2009-07-09 2009-07-09 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion -
2009-05-19 2009-05-19 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Contusion -
2009-03-09 2009-03-10 Camp 1 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-03-04 2009-03-05 Camp 1 0 Left Wrist Soreness -
2008-08-10 2008-09-29 60-DL 50 45 Left Wrist Surgery Fracture and Dislocation 2008-08-10
2008-07-23 2008-07-25 DTD 2 1 Right Ankle Contusion HBP -
2008-05-18 2008-05-20 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2008-05-06 2008-05-13 DTD 7 6 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-05-03 2008-05-04 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-09-06 2007-10-16 DTD 40 21 Left Thumb Surgery Ligament 2007-09-10
2007-06-14 2007-06-14 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2006-09-15 2006-09-15 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2006-08-06 2006-08-06 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Soreness -
2005-09-08 2005-10-03 DTD 25 23 Left Ankle Sprain -
2005-08-21 2005-08-22 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2005-08-19 2005-08-19 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2005-07-21 2005-07-22 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2005-07-06 2005-07-14 DTD 8 5 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2004-05-24 2004-06-16 15-DL 23 20 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2004-04-01 2004-04-05 Camp 4 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2003-07-05 2003-07-08 DTD 3 2 Left Groin Strain -
2003-03-23 2003-03-25 Camp 2 0 Wrist Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 SDN $5,500,000
2011 SDN $4,000,000
2010 MIN $5,000,000
2009 LAN $3,380,000
2008 ARI $6,250,000
2007 ARI $3,900,000
2006 ARI $2,300,000
2005 TOR $365,000
2004 TOR $322,000
2003 TOR $313,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$31,330,000
10 yrTotal$31,330,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 68 dGreg Genske2 years/$11.5M (2011-12)

Details
  • 2 year/$11.5M (2011-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed by San Diego as a free agent 12/17/10. 11:$4M, 12:$5.5M, 13:$8M club option, $2M buyout. Released by San Diego 5/17/12. Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 5/22/12 (White Sox pay pro-rated portion of Major League minimum, with Padres paying the balance of money left on contract).
  • 1 year/$5M (2010). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 2/5/10. Club will not offer arbitration if Hudson qualifies as Type A free agent.
  • 1 year/$3.38M (2009). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/20/09. $0.38M signing bonus (deferred, without interest). $3M salary in 2009. $4.62M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$6.25M (2008). Re-signed by Arizona 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.9M (2007). Re-signed by Arizona 1/07 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2006). Acquired by Arizona in trade from Toronto 12/05. Re-signed 1/06 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.365M (2005).
  • 1 year/$0.322M (2004).
  • 1 year/$0.313M (2003).
  • Drafted by Toronto 1997 (43-1,280) (Spratanburg Methodist College).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)If you had made one "realistic" move for the Padres this offseason that they didnt make what would it have been? Alternative, which of the Padres moves do you like the least?
(Matthew from Boston)
Aside from trying to find a taker for Jason Bartlett or Orlando Hudson (which I'm sure the Padres did, but it takes two to tango), I'm not sure there was a lot else to do. As for moves I like the least, I don't love Anthony Rizzo for Cashner. It seems to me that Rizzo should have fetched more, but that is easy for me to say when I'm not privy to all the details. (Geoff Young)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Going into the 2011 season, are the Padres better on paper than they were going into the 2010 season?
(Jeff from Bay Area)
I'm glad someone asked me this question because I've been looking for an excuse to say "Yes, yes they are." The rotation is better, the bullpen is better, the defense is better. The lineup is worse, sure, but they have healthy Ludwick in there, Orlando Hudson instead of David Eckstein, Cameron Maybin's potential instead of Tony Gwynn's impression of his uncle at the plate...if they aren't better, they are at least as good. Gonzalez is one of the best players in baseball, but he's one guy, and the Padres upgraded in multiple spots. Hawpe should hit if he's healthy, too, and I think that will make this team surprise a lot of people again. Though not 90 wins surprise them. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which direction do you see the Cubs going in for 2b once the Theriot era mercifully comes to an end?Please make it end!None of their middle-infield prospects appear big league-ready.
(Matt from Chicago)
Long-term, the idea might well be Castro at 2b, making room for Hak-Ju Lee. But that's quite a way off. I'd love to see them sign Orlando Hudson next year, actually. Bigger question for me is actually this: why is Theriot starting ahead of Fontenot? Isn't that a pretty obvious platoon? (Ken Funck)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)KG, what do you make of Jason Kipnis? He's been as advertised with the bat, even displaying solid power at Akron, but does he have enough glove for 2nd?
(Troy from Cleveland)
Another guy I'm a big, big fan of. I don't think he'll ever confuse anyone with Orlando Hudson there or anything, but I think he'll hold his own, and I think he'll hit. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 team 5x5 single season, I have two DL slots, currently occupied by Derek Holland and Michael Gonzalez. Should I replace either with Orlando Hudson, cut Hudson, or cut Nate McLouth or Chipper Jones from my bench. Also, have you played God of War III, and if so were you put off at all by how violent some of the game was?
(Bill N from Buffalo)
God of War's combat bores me. I don't mind the violence, but that's really the selling point for it IMO. I'm also someone whose favorite part of Gears of War is sneaking up on a baddie with a chainsaw bayonet, so I might not be the best person to ask about that.

It might be time to cut Nate McLouth--it's not like anyone is going to snag him off of waivers if he starts to hit, because his current line is so awful that he won't show up on anyone's radar unless they are beyond desperate. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)hi JP, big fan of your contributions. What do you think are the best below the radar FA signings this winter?
(Philly from Fanatic)
I'd say the best signing was Orlando Hudson with the Twins for one-year and $5 million. I think he will prefer plenty of value for the Twins at that price. (John Perrotto)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Would you say the Twins are Central frontrunners right now? Would it behoove them to pony up $6M (or whatever) to get O-Hudson? Or Washburn? Or both? Thanks for the chat.
(collins from greenville nc)
Thank you for hanging out. It's the Twins or the Tigers. The Verlander-Scherzer, Porcello top three is pretty intimidating if everything breaks right, Valverde gives them a bit more bullpen depth... I'm a bit skeptical of the offense. As for the Twins, every extra bit you give that infield helps. Hardy is a step in the right direction, Orlando Hudson would be another. That still leaves them short a third baseman, but with the Twins asking for a professional-level infield is apparently like Oliver Twist asking for more gruel. It's just unthinkably demanding and presumptuous... I'm not a big Washburn believer. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Rizzo has revived the Nationals in the eyes of baseball insiders, apparently, but the team still has legions of prognosticators giving them nothing but dismissive scorn. Let's imagine that he tops off his active off-season with the moves we Nats fans are being teased with: the signing of Garland or Sheets or maybe Bedard, Orlando Hudson for 2B, and a trade of Josh Willingham for a young pitcher. Do we Nats fans have reason to hope that even 3rd place in the division would be at least plausible?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Do you want the real answer or do you want the hopeful answer?

Look, there's a lot of variance in team win/loss records, so third place certainly doesn't have a zero probability. But I think it'd take a lot to make that happen--particularly a very bad season for the Braves or Marlins. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-01-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seems that Mike Rizzo has increased the credibility of the Nationals within baseball, but there are more moves to be made to increase the number of wins they will have. Should the Nats have Orlando Hudson, Adam Kennedy or Cristian Guzman at 2nd base? Which veteran pitcher should they sign? Would accomplishing both moves mean much for their record in 2010?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
There is no doubt that Mike Rizzo is extremely well respected in the game and I have no doubts he has the Nats on the right course. Normally, I'd say go with the kids in their case but they need to establish some crediblity in their market now. THus, I'd suggest they sign Hudson and Doug Davis. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Colletti's extension?
(David from Sonoma State University, CA)
You know how some players have their best years right as they're about to become free agents? That's what happened with Colletti - he had a fantastic year. No new dumb contracts, great plays towards the end of the winter to get bargains on Randy Wolf, Orlando Hudson and Manny Ramirez (who exercised his player option and will return, according to the tweets I've received today), and smart in-season acquisitions that helped the team reach the NLCS at minimal future cost (though Josh Bell does make me wince a little). Hell, even Juan Pierre made him look good by playing well during Manny's absence.

The Dodgers have now made the postseason in three of Colletti's four years, and while that certainly owes something to his predecessor, Paul DePodesta, and his underlings, Logan White, Kim Ng and DeJon Watson, it's very tough to kick a guy out the door when he's at the helm of a team with that recent track record.

Which doesn't mean he doesn't scare the bejesus out of me as a Dodger fan at times, but I guess I'd rather hear him say he's not trading the Dodgers core youngsters for an ace (as he did last week) than floating the idea of trading a Kershaw or a Kemp (as he did last winter). (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)When Torre let Wolf hit with two men on in the sixth, was that just to let his friend Charlie off the hook for letting Blanton hit with a man on in the bottom of the fifth? Wasn't getting five decent innings out of these guys the goal with the very solid LA bullpen and JA Happ ready to take over?
(gjgross from Philly)
This is the most prominent thing I didn't get to in today's column. There's an alternate path to that game where Orlando Hudson bats for Wolf, the switch-hitter making the move reliever-proof, then stays in to play second with Kuo batting in Belliard's slot. You can move the pitcher up because Kuo is a one-inning guy by design, and will either be hit for in the seventh or double-switched upward into Manny's slot, with Pierre in for defense.

I don't know how the game would have played out from there, but I really think that the win-maximizing move was to hit for Wolf, try and add runs and then put the game in the hands of the bullpen with an improved defense on the field.

I can't kill Torre for it, but I do think he missed a chance. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-06 13:30:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Cubs making a move for a 2B/SS type to play at the top of the order? If so, who do you see as logical targets? It seems to me that there may be several low-cost options on that front.
(Matt from Chicago )
I know the Cubs have been impressed enough with Jeff Baker that he may be their second baseman next season, though he's not a leadoff guy. If they do go the free-agent route, Orlando Hudson would make sense for a middle infielder. (John Perrotto)
2009-09-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Giants win the WildCard with Adam Dunn (or Bobby Abreu) and Orlando Hudson?
(kmdarcy from Portland, Oregon)
That certainly looks like enough of an upgrade given how wretched the performances they've gotten out of their 2B (.242/.289/.345), LF (.261/.331/.410) and 1B (.274/.323/.419) players. Take Hudson away from the Dodgers and you start to close the gap in the NL West as well. For want of a nail...

Other thought about Villalona - it might be time for somebody to revisit the career of Cesar Cedeno, who was involved in a shooting early in his career and never was the same player. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-09-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)I don't know if a hard slide knocked his LASIK repaired cornea out of whack, but Cristian Guzman has hit .259/.289/.365 since mid-May. Should the Nats move him to 2B or just move on? It seems with Desmond at SS, they could sign or find something better at 2B than Guzman. What are your thoughts?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
I don't think the Nats are in a position where they can afford to sign a frontline free agent middle infielder (say, Orlando Hudson) AND keep Guzman around, so i suspect they'll take the path of least resistance and keep him. Guzman's performed surprisingly well (.306/.336/.425) over the first three years of a deal that was nearly universally ridiculed at the time, and the $8 million he's got coming to him looks sort of reasonable for next year.

As to how he fits into the middle infield with Desmond, I don't know enough about the latter's fielding prowess to tell you which of them should be at short; Guzman's a slightly below-average fielder there according to UZR. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would this offseason be a good time for the Reds to trade Brandon Phillips, what with Todd Frazier coming down the line and their whole payroll going to about four players? It seems like they could get something real pretty in return.
(Charles from Detroit)
It's worth considering, because after Mark DeRosa and Orlando Hudson in the free-agent pool, you've got Placido Polanco. The problem will be Phillips' back-loaded contract and whether the Reds will eat any of it, because otherwise the number of teams willing to trade for a guy due to make $11 million in 2011 are few and far between. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, we have heard for years that wrist injuries sap power for months after the player returns. Is this true, or another axiom that got repeated so much but is really false? Orlando Hudson is the man I'm wondering about. He has had no trouble this year.
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
It's definitely true. KG talked about it in a recent article, referencing how developmentally, teams give guys coming back from wrist injuries a "mulligan." Hudson's healthy and playing above his normal level, but power? Eh, he has 3 HR, which isn't so many that randomness can't be the answer. It's much harder to tell on guys with normally low power than it is for the David Ortiz types. (Will Carroll)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Saw a suggestion somewhere that the Yankees might simply slide Cano across the diamond to third and then pick up a middle infielder, which seems like an easier option than finding a quality 3B. What do you think?
(Rob from Brighton)
The market does seem to contain more free talent (Esteban German) or free agents (Ray Durham, Mark Grudzielanek) among second basemen than third basemen, so if Cano could pull off the switch it might be worthwhile. That said, Cano's got enough to worry about with resuscitating his bat, so I'd rather see the Yanks try something else; I like Grudz or the Dodgers' Mark Loretta -- rendered redundant by the Orlando Hudson signing and Blake DeWitt's attempt to become a utilityman for the short term -- as backups who would have value even if A-Rod returns. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi John, why aren't the Mets showing any interest in signing Orlando Hudson? Luis Castillo's basically a sunk cost, so what's the hold up?
(birkem3 from Dayton, OH)
I think the Mets are in more financial trouble than they are letting on because of the Madoff mess and would only take Hudson if he would sign for something in the 2-3M range for one year. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you hear of any tricks Kenny Williams may have up his sleeve before Opening Day, or is this our White Sox team?
(Clint from Chicago)
He says he's done but I don't think he ever is. I know they like Getz but I could see Orlando Hudson landing here on a small contract. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the Cardinals' second baseman? I think Brendan Ryan deserves a shot and could surprise.
(AJ from Pasadena)
I'd say Ryan is the favorite but I like Jarrett Hoffpauir and I think Orlando Hudson would be a nice fit here. (John Perrotto)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I drafted Brandon Wood and Rickie Weeks in my Scoresheet continuing league with my last two picks. Should I draft a backup shortstop (Khalil Greene) or a backup 2B (Orlando Hudson) next?
(bothedog from The desert)
Yes, please do that. The last questions we had referring to those two players were answered uneasily.

I have to run to work in a few everyone, so let's hit the lightning round. (Marc Normandin)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you're the Cardinals, what moves would you make for the rotation, second and SS? Randy Johnson a 1 year deal? Brad Penny? Orlando Hudson? With the Brewers losing their big starters, I think the Cardinals could win the wildcard if they make a couple of good moves...
(MikeJordan23 from Brooklyn)
They definitely need pitching, and renting Randy might pay off. He had a good year in the end. Penny scares me, and I've written a bunch of times about the team that signs Hudson is paying for good defense and a park effect (which is not to say that the Cards don't need help there). I just wonder how much they can count on the offense next year. Pujols should be Pujols and we should probably expect consistency from Glaus, but the whole OF is a question mark, esp. if they decide to sell high on Ludwick. Can they do better at shortstop? Can Ankiel stay healthy? It's possible they patch the pitching and they stop scoring... (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any information about how Orlando Hudson's wrist is healing up? Any thoughts on how much it might affect him into next year?
(MS from BrewTown)
Last I heard things were going well and he would be ready for Spring Training. I'm sure teams will be checking in before free agency heats up, so I'll be listening. (Will Carroll)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)"Arizona's flagging playoff hopes are a product of an introduction to a massive dose of reality." - So the recent losing streak by them means something, but the recent winning streak by the Dodgers... somehow doesn't? (In my opinion neither losing streak is LIKELY to mean anything, but it's certainly possible that *gasp* momentum or *double gasp* morale may have something to do with a team's chances. Do you really think the Rockies' run last year was just a statistical blip, as random as the location of a grain of sand on the beach?)
(James from Boston)
James, a couple of notes. First, momentum and morale are nice stories, but they're nebulous intangibles instead of quantifiable, tangible concepts, and such intangibles are more a product of the mainstream media storytellers than we analytitical types are comfortable with. Does clubhouse chemistry exist? Probably, but if I can't attach some semblance of a number to it, I'm not going to try to account for it in my analysis beyond digging up one of my favorite Earl Weaver pearls: "Momentum is tomorrow's starting pitcher."

As for today's Arizona article, the teaser you quote was written by one of our editors, but the point they were trying to make is that there are fundamental flaws with this Diamondbacks team that mean something - a lousy bullpen and a weaker defense without Orlando Hudson. Webb and Haren may revert to form, but I don't think those other two things stand much chance of changing before the end of the year given the personnel on hand. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have in a 6x6 league that counts OPS? Kelly Johnson or Orlando Hudson?
(nickojohnson from Los Angeles, CA)
Orlando Hudson can't hit outside of Arizona (.283/.330/.390 this year, .286/.379/.369 last year), but he's useful if you can afford to use him for his home game stats. KeJo has had difficulty hitting on the road this year, but it's not a trend for him (meaning it's something that could bounce back to what we're used to seeing from him) so I'd stick with him. (Marc Normandin)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Orlando Hudson will re-sign? If not, would Emilio Bonifacio be likely to take over?
(temple from Madison Wisconsin)
The only grumblings I heard about the O-dog were in the offseason, and the consensus was that him re-signing was going to be dicey. But his defense is so valuable to that team, that I think that they'll make a good faith effort to re-sign him. If not, I don't think Bonifacio necessarily takes over. I'm somewhat underwhelmed by his numbers at Tucson (.302/.348/.387) - his BABIP there is .364. Some of that comes from his speed, but he's also been lucky from an average standpoint. With no power to speak of, almost all of his value offensively derives from his speed. (Jeff Erickson)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneSweet baserunning play by Orlando Hudson. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableOrlando Hudson just took one off the kneecap and went down in a heap. Not a good sign for the Twins, but it looks like he'll stay in the game. (Dan Wade)
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5And here we see Juan Pierre batting when Orlando Hudson was due, in a bandbox that rewards people who get balls to the gaps, and that's just not Juan Pierre any day of the week, and twice on Sunday. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5Well, just like Ted Williams with the Red Sox, Orlando Hudson homers in his last at-bat with the Dodgers. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game Oneccmonter (Waterloo, Canada): What happened to Torre's quick hook? Kershaw was clearly in trouble and Torre has a full stock in the bullpen.

I wrote all about that issue in today's column. Joe wrote his own piece and arrived at completely the opposite conclusion, which should if nothing else stand as a data point the next time the fanboys accuse us of groupthink.

I simply don't think you can look at Kershaw in that situation after three walks, three wild pitches, 31 pitches in the inning and God knows what else running through his head and think that having the platoon advantage against Howard is alone enough to outweigh the information that the rest of the inning has given you. Elbert may not have been the man for the job, but Torre could have brought in Randy Wolf for a cameo while double-switching Orlando Hudson (who pinch-hit after the damage was done) and Ronnie Belliard (who'd just ended the inning). The difference between a 3-1 game and a 5-1 game proved decisive. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Tynan (Livermore, ME): Are the Dodgers planning to keep Belliard around for next season? As a Giants fan, I'm hoping you say, "Yes."

Both he and Orlando Hudson are free agents, so they'll have to figure out how they want to fill the position. We've heard a lot in recent days about the screwy Dodgers' ownership situation, so we'll see if they have a real offseason or a Padres offseason. (Steven Goldman)
 

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