San Francisco Giants' 2nd Base Issues: Is Orlando Hudson a Solution?
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It's no secret that the Giants are having problems getting offense out of the second base position so far this season.
Freddy Sanchez is on the Disabled List indefinitely, recovering from a shoulder injury that he suffered 10 months ago which cost him half of last season. Sanchez still has not played the field during his minor league rehab stint, and Andrew Baggarly of Comcast Spots Net Bay Area reported that Sanchez has suffered another setback that will likely shut him down for at least the next five days.
With Sanchez out indefinitely, the Giants have turned to a platoon of Ryan Theriot and Manny Burriss at the position. Burriss and Theriot entered play tonight without an extra base-hit and a combined batting line of .257/.293/.257. Their combined .550 OPS is 26th in baseball among second basemen. With Brandon Crawford also struggling offensively at shortstop, the Giants desperately need to upgrade their middle infield offense.
With the San Diego Padres coming to town for a series this weekend and Scott Miller of CBS Sports reporting that the Padres may soon release second baseman Orlando Hudson, is it possible that the O-Dog could be the answer to the Giants' woes at second base?
Hudson, 34, is clearly on the downside of his career. His OPS of 94 last season was his worst offensive display since 2005. He's off to an even worse start this season, which is why the Padres are considering releasing him and eating the rest of his $5.5 million salary, plus the $2 million buy-out of his 2013 option.
His once-outstanding defense has gone down the tank with the offense. Hudson has saved 94 runs with the glove in his career, but according to FanGraphs, he was worth minus-8 runs in the field last year, and his Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games is currently minus-8.8 through the first part of this season.
So, given that Hudson appears to be washed up and one of the worst teams in the league is seriously considering cutting ties with him, wouldn't the Giants be insane to go after him? Not necessarily.
There's really no logical argument I can make in favor of acquiring Hudson. His numbers have declined for three straight seasons, he looks like he is washed up and ZIPS projects him to hit just .245/.323/.367 for the remainder of the season, which is a very slight upgrade over Burriss' projected line of .258/.309/.308.
However, when you watch Theriot and Burriss struggle to hit the ball out of the infield for three straight weeks, logic goes out the window. When you hear that Orlando Hudson might be available for free, it's easy to look past his awful present numbers and pretend that it's 2009 again.
Hudson may be terrible now, but he used to be good, and that is something I can get behind, given the current state of the position. Your 2012 San Francisco Giants: if half of the team hits like they did three years ago, they might be good!
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