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Saturday, February 06, 2010
The Twins recently signed Orlando Hudson to a one year $5 million contract to take over every day second base duties from Nick Punto. In examining the deal, it would appear to offer a slight boost to Hudson's fantasy value for the 2010 season. As the Twins lineup is constructed currently, it would appear Hudson will be slotted second in the lineup, meaning he'll be hitting behind Denard Span (2008 OBP: .387; 2009 OBP: .392) and in front of high batting average slugger Joe Mauer (2008 AVG: .328; 2009 AVG: .365). While projecting run and RBI totals can be tricky, it would be a pretty safe guess that if Orlando Hudson is able to stay healthy for 600 or more plate appearances he should be able to contribute positively in one, if not both, counting stat categories given his respectable batting average ( 2008 AVG: .305; 2009 AVG: .283) and solid on-base skills (2008 OBP: .367; 2009 OBP: .357). Hudson will likely lag in home runs and stolen bases as his career high in home runs is only 15 (2006) and stolen bases is only 10 (2007).
While the signing doesn't signify a major increase to Hudson's value, it does put him on the radar in deep leagues, AL-only leagues, and leagues that use a middle infield (MI) position. Hudson won't hurt owners in BA, has a reasonable shot to eclipse 15 home runs plus stolen bases, and contribute positively in runs and RBI's, all of which adds up to a fairly ho-hum MI option. Perhaps the most important aspect of Hudson's signing with the Twins is that it could be a domino that sets off other second base signings (Adam Kennedy also recently signed with the Washington Nationals, a team that had talks with, and interest in signing Orlando Hudson) such as that of Felipe Lopez.
Posted by Josh Shepardson at 7:06pm
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