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Orlando Hudson Signs with the Minnesota Twins

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21:  Orlando Hudson #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers connects for a home run in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Josh JohnsonCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2010

Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has reported that Orlando Hudson has officially signed with the Twins .

The deal is a one-year $5 million deal and as Jon Heyman reported, bonuses are also involved (Ken Rosenthal said that no incentives are involved , but we'll find out eventually). Rosenthal also reported that the Twins agreed to not offer Hudson arbitration if he is a Type-A free agent. To express how I feel, I felt that this video is appropriate.

But in all seriousness, this is a great deal for the Twins and I completely agree with La Velle E. Neal III in that this is one of the best rosters that the Twins have had going into Spring Training. Phil Mackey sums up how I feel a lot, so instead of essentially writing exactly what he said, I encourage everyone to read his thoughts .

I will add a couple things though. If healthy, this lineup may be one of the best in all of baseball :

  1. Denard Span - CF
  2. Orlando Hudson -2B
  3. Joe Mauer - C
  4. Justin Morneau - 1B
  5. Michael Cuddyer - RF
  6. Jason Kubel - DH
  7. J.J. Hardy - SS
  8. Delmon Young - LF
  9. Nick Punto - 3B

And also, if I had to make a prediction, Alexi Casilla will be taken off of the 40-man roster. I know that most Twins fan (including myself) would rather see Matt Tolbert (who still has options) taken off, but I just don't see Casilla in Minnesota when he only plays 2B/SS.

It's a great day to be a Twins fan!

And for those who may be wondering, I've decided to post two picks tomorrow for the Top 50 Prospects list. This signing is big news.

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