Various sources reported on Friday* Orlando Hudson had signed with the Padres to play second base in 2011. San Diego has not confirmed the deal, waiting for the results of the physical before making the formal announcement. According to reports in the San Diego U-T, Hudson signed for 2 years ($4M in 2011, $5.5M in 2012), with an $8M option in 2013 (and $2M buyout). It has not yet been stated if the option is club, player, or mutual (at least as far as I have read).
*Note to Jed Hoyer - can you PLEASE make these types of moves known on Thursday morning instead of Friday morning? Help a poor lonely Podcast host out. Throw me a bone, man.
Most of the reporting on this trade has highlighted Hudson's defensive ability. That, coupled with the trade for Jason Bartlett (agreed to during the winter meetings last week but only finalized yesterday), and the acquisition of Cameron Maybin earlier this off-season, make the Padres a better defensive team up the middle than in 2010.
Or does it? I've already looked at Maybin vs Tony Gwynn Jr. Let's look at the new players in comparison to who they're replacing.
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