Orlando Hudson

Should the Cubs Have Signed Orlando Hudson?

Los Angeles Dodgers general manager has made some questionable moves in the past - *cough* Juan Pierre *cough* - but you have to admire his creativity with contracts. The latest such deal is for Orlando Hudson and today we get the details via MLBTR and Tony Jackson of the L.A. Daily News. Ultimately it boils down to $3M in guaranteed money this year, $380K in bonus money that has been deferred WITHOUT INTEREST until an unspecified time and up to $5M in incentive bonuses, some of which are also deferred without interest if they are reached.

Early on in the offseason, I hypothesized that the Cubs would get in on Hudson, but there was never much more than a whisper and that came late in the offseason. When the Cubs dealt Mark DeRosa to the Indians, I think it was clear that they didn't have $5M or more for a second basemen this season. The days and weeks dragged on and by February Hudson was going to take whatever he could get and that seems to be $3 to $8M, much of it not due until some ambigous future date. The Dodgers did have to give up their first round pick next year for the privilege of having Hudson turn double plays for them next year and at number 17, that's a pretty steep price. The Dodgers though did get a second round and supplemental pick when the Braves signed Derek Lowe, so not as big as a loss as it could have become for them.

The question though is if Hudson would have made the Cubs better?

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  • It's still very early but this game felt very important to me and probably knocked 2 years off my life. Seemed like every inning was big.

    johann 39 min 37 sec ago view
  • Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th

    jacos 39 min 54 sec ago view
  • This is the exact game that the Cubs would have lost in years past to the Cardinals.

    The E-Man 40 min 21 sec ago view
  • Arrieta starting. Leads of 6-1 and 9-4. You don't expect to have such a sense of relief when they win.

    Brick 41 min 5 sec ago view
  • phew

    Rob G. 41 min 19 sec ago view
  • At least the end result was worth the wait.

    Rob Richardson 41 min 35 sec ago view
  • I guess he's better than what they've had. He started out like the Babe there.

    The E-Man 50 min 23 sec ago view
  • Fair enough, but Castro isn't really very good.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • I can just hear Pat Hughes chortling "typical Cubs-Cards game..."

    JoePepitone 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • As long as Maddon uses him against RH he is good. Against LH - not so much.

    His recent HR's obviously have not been great pitches.

    So, let's just say my personal confidence in the guy is not there yet.

    The E-Man 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • not that I'm agreeing with E-Man in anyway here, but Warren's FIP and peripherals are not really good (5.20 FIP/5.19 BB/9/.128 BABIP), although his actual results are a lot better. Well until today...

    Trade was also to make room for Zobrist and it'll be a few years before we can really judge it.

    Rob G. 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Eventually, the Maddon "play everyone everywhere" thing was going to create a problem.

    billybucks 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • This ump blows.

    Ryno 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • So much for pace-of-game.

    Ryno 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • Adam Warren who is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, and Castro who is hitting 269/303/415?

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • That Molina with the arm out thing was ridiculous and blatant. Wonder if he can get fined for that

    johann 1 hour 42 min ago view