Orlando Hudson Signs with Los Angeles Dodgers

Dominick DiFucciAnalyst IFebruary 20, 2009

The New York Mets have lost another option at second base. According to MLB.com, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Orlando Hudson have agreed on a one-year contract.

The deal is worth $3.4 million, with another $4.6 million in possible incentives.

Hudson was rumored to replace Luis Castillo at second base, though the Mets could not find it in their hearts to sign Hudson and have Castillo on the pine.

Hudson, however, will cost the Dodgers their first-round draft pick in June (No. 17 overall) as a Type-A free agent that was offered salary arbitration by the Arizona Diamondbacks and did not accept.

It's not clear how the dominoes will fall with Hudson's addition. Blake DeWitt, the presumed incumbent to Jeff Kent at second base, could move to third base, with Casey Blake moving to right field. DeWitt could also be squeezed out, with Juan Pierre remaining in left field.

The three-time Gold Glover and 2007 All-Star will take over the position for the retired Jeff Kent. Hudson had originally sought a multi-year deal at $10 million annually, but the free-agent market crashed, and he slashed his asking price.

The deal came together quickly after it was reported that the Dodgers had also begun talks with another free-agent infielder, Orlando Cabrera.