The Twins are finally acting like a team who wants to go farther in the playoffs than the first round. After officially signing DH Jim Thome earlier in the day, they have also signed veteran all-star second baseman Orlando Hudson to a one year $5 million contract.
Hudson is a two time all-star and a 4 time Gold Glove winner in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. He is also a lifetime .282 hitter. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997 and spent 6 seasons in their farm system before making his debut in 2002. Ironically his first major league hit came against the Minnesota Twins.
He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 for 3B Troy Glaus and spent 3 seasons with the snakes before signing a 1 year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008. The Dodgers did not offer Hudson arbitration, so as a Type A free agent the Twins will owe no draft picks to the Dodgers.
After signing J.J. Hardy away from the Milwaukee Brewers this off season, the Twins have a solid middle infield for the 2009 season.
The Twins look serious about fielding a contender for the first season at the new Target Field. With pitcher Carl Pavano and slugger Jim Thome signed for this season, they appear done with any more signings before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just two weeks.
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Written by Chad McIntyre