I had posted it earlier this week in reviewing the performance of AL second basemen. First – Adam Kennedy had a pretty good year for Oakland and would have been a tolerable option for a team that didn’t have second base locked down. Then, noting that the Twins had nobody in house who could contribute at second base, if Orlando Hudson was still available, it would make sense to make him an offer.
If only every day I felt that smart.
Anyway – Minnesota signed Hudson to a one-year deal and immediately gave themselves a 40 run upgrade over Nick Punto, Alexi Casilla, or Brian Dinkelman. Hudson can still hit .280+ with a little power and a few walks thrown in – he’s an excellent #2 hitter. And, he’s still a solid defender. Great signing. [SI]
Now, Minnesota outbid Washington for Hudson’s services but the Nationals didn’t wait. Once the deal was done, the Nationals landed Adam Kennedy for their second base hole. Hey – if you can name the guy who got the most innings in at second base for the DC squad last year, you’re probably the only one who can. (Anderson Hernandez) Again, this could be a 30 run improvement for the Nationals – and they have room for improvement.
Kevin Gregg may get another shot at closing games, signing a one year deal with two different follow up options to join Toronto. I’ve watched Gregg a lot because I live in a Florida and because I watch Cubs games… He’s NOT a bad reliever. However, he does get in ruts and he has a history of trying to pitch through pain which affects his ability to keep the ball down. (On the side, he looks like Clark Kent and his vision is really poor…) [SI]
Congrats to Justin Verlander, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal to stay with the Tigers. He certainly earned it. [ESPN]
Quick notes – Orlando Cabrera is the new Reds shortstop. He might just be a temporary fix, but you never know. Cubs signed Kevin Millar to a minor league deal – he’s teammates with Derrek Lee again.