Dodgers APPEAR to have signed Orlando Hudson

XM Satellite radio is apparently reporting, as one of you posted in a comment on this blog. Dodgers VP Josh Rawitch says he also heard that XM was reporting it, so he ran it by Ned Colletti and Kim Ng and was told that they COULDN’T CONFIRM IT. The semantics there are very important, because they did NOT say NO. They merely said the couldn’t confirm. I think you can make a strong assumption that means the deal is done pending a physical. So stay tuned.

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  • Buddy

    I like the move, especially if it’s a short term deal. DeWitt can be used as part of a trade to acquire a quality starting pitcher. On the other hand, it’s ot a bad idea to have some depth considering Hudson is injury prone.

    Further, I love how this team is stocked with African-American players, it’s a great sign for needed cultural diversity in the game. If only that were replicated more at the higher management level.

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    Ken Gurnick reports that he has signed.

    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090220&content_id=3855982&vkey=news_la&fext=.jsp&c_id=la

    As I noted in a previous post, I don’t like losing the #17 overall pick, but I also think that a healthy Hudson is a valuable asset hitting second behind Furcal. Nice 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup, especially if they’re followed by Manny.

    DeWitt I believe can get plenty of AB’s filling in regularly for both Hudson and Casey Blake. He also becomes a valuable lefthanded bat off the bench, with Mark Loretta as his counterpart from the right side. As the saying goes, “it’s a long season”, and this gives the Dodgers added depth. Also, based upon his performance and overall attitude last year, I don’t believe that this will in anyway negatively affect DeWitt’s performance or psyche. He’s seems to have learned well the importance of remaining upbeat and ready for any contingency.

    Although it could make DeWitt a potential trade chip, the same can be said for Casey Blake (I’m not sure of the rule, but I don’t think Hudson can be traded during the first year after signing as a free agent, at least w/o his permission).

    And as I previously pointed out, if so inclined, the Dodgers can use the money they save by not having to dole out a bonus to the #17 overall pick, to sign one or more international prospects.