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Dodgers Sign Orlando Hudson

If Nats fans thought General Manager Jim Bowden's declaration that the team would not be adding second baseman Orlando Hudson was all a smoke screen, well, it wasn't. Hudson is now officially a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers without a single bid from the Nationals.

According to's Ken Gurnick, Hudson agreed to a one-year deal with L.A. worth approximately $3.4 million this afternoon. The pact supposedly contains a whopping $4.6 million in available incentives, but is smaller than the $4.6 million in guaranteed money offered by the Royals, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Hudson was a Type A free agent, so he'll cost the Dodgers their first round draft pick -- N o. 17 -- which goes back to his former team, the Diamondbacks.

The perennial Gold Glove second baseman also creates an interesting log jam for Los Angeles. Blake DeWitt has long been considered the team's likely successor to Jeff Kent at second, but now there's no place for him with Hudson in the fold. Will the Dodgers trade him? It seems unlikely, given how much the team has invested in his development and L.A.'s resistance to trade him throughout a handful of opportunities in recent years.

What may happen is a positional shift around the diamond. DeWitt could shift to third base to keep his glove in the infield. That would displace the newly re-signed Casey Blake, who could be used in a corner outfield position, either as a replacement for Juan Pierre, or in a platoon with him.

There's a lot of moving pieces, but to a certain extent it makes sense. Of course, there will be an extra outfield spot to fill if a certain Manny Ramirez finds a suitor from outside Chavez Ravine, but that seems less and less likely as the days roll on.

So, there we go. What do folks think? Good signing for the Dodgers, or does Hudson create more problems than he solves? And what are the odds of O-Dawg related memorabilia in L.A.? It doesn't seem like as smooth a sell as those Manny braids.

By Cameron Smith  |  February 20, 2009; 6:02 PM ET
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Dewitt doesn't have the pop you want in a 3B, but neither did Nomar and neither does Blake (though he's the closest) so maybe they don't care.

As a one year stop-gap it's not a big problem. Dewitt is only 23 this year and so if he has some growing pains they can now afford to give him some time off or, if he bombs, let him ride the bench for a bit. I like the 1 year deal better than a long term deal because Dewitt was tearing it up in AAA at only 21/22. That's impressive.

And really, any move the Dodgers make that causes Juan Pierre to play less is a good one.

Posted by: adampschroeder | February 21, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

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