It’s being reported this morning that the San Diego Padres have grown tiresome of second baseman Orlando Hudson and his offensive struggles, so much so that they may release the veteran who’s apparently alienated the younger Padre core.
So the question begs – do the San Francisco Giants make a move if Orlando Hudson is released?
We all know the love of all things antique from Brian Sabean and Hudson, who’s 34, certainly meets that criteria. But more importantly for the Giants (and Hudson) is the Giants current void at second. With Freddy Sanchez’s season and possibly career up in the air and the lone replacements being Ryan Theriot and Emmanuel Burriss, the potential acquisition of Hudson reeks of a Sabean style move.
On the glass half full side of things, Hudson does play a solid defensive second base with a career fielding percentage .987, sporting a career high last season at .993 – but like most elderly infielders, the range is highly suspect. That said, if he gets a glove on it, chances are the play will be made.
Offensively, Hudson has struggled during his season and a half with the Padres, but otherwise has respectable numbers outside of Petco – sporting career averages of .280 vs. the Dodgers, .287 vs. the Rockies and .294 against our Giants. The lone blemish on his NL resume coming against his former team, the Diamondbacks, where he holds a career .216 average against in just over 100 at-bat’s.
It’s not the big splash move, hell, it’s not even a ripple and chances are it holds little weight in the end, but it’s insurance and it’s a complete Sabean move.
So, assuming he’s released at some point (and that’s not a given), I’d venture to guess the O-Dog might be wearing black and orange before all is said and done if Brian Sabean has anything to say about it.