Minnesota Twins Agree To Contract with Orlando Hudson

Dan NelsonCorrespondent IFebruary 5, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Orlando Hudson #13  of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during warm ups prior to the start of Game Two of the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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As reported by Joe Christensen of the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune early Friday morning, second baseman Orlando Hudson has signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins.

The contract will be worth $5 million, representing a significant discount from what Hudson was originally asking for.

Reports had been that Hudson was seeking a deal in the neighborhood of $9 million for one season.

The Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners were other teams in the hunt for Hudson. In the end, it appears the prospect of winning a lot of baseball games earned Hudson's services for the Twins.

Hudson's signing fills a major hole in the offense for the Twins.

Nick Punto, who was slotted to start at second base, is a solid defensive player. However, Punto hit just .228 last year and has very little power.

Hudson, however, hit .283 last year and is a career .282 hitter. He has also won four Gold Glove awards at second base.

The addition of Hudson adds to an already incredible Twins lineup. Hudson will likely provide security in the second spot of the batting order.

He also allows the Twins to use Punto in his most valuable role as a utility player. Punto has the ability to play second base, third base or shortstop.

The Twins have taken a huge leap in their spending this year, thanks to expectations of increased revenue from Target Field. The signing of Hudson pushes the payroll above $90 million, compared to just $67 million last year.

The extra spending also brought in new shortstop J.J. Hardy and new DH in Jim Thome.

With all of the offseason additions, including Hudson, the Twins are in great position to repeat as American League Central Division champions.