Ned Colletti just told us he has had more conversations with Scott Boras about Manny Ramirez “in the past seven days than in the past few months. The conversations are more frequent and longer.” When asked what that means, Colletti said, “The days are ticking off the calendar.” He wouldn’t say whether he considers it progress, but it sure sounds like they are getting closer to a deal — not that “closer” in any way means “close.” … Anyway, Hudson passed his physical, meaning the one-year deal has now been ratified. The base salary is actually $3 million, plus a $380,000 signing bonus. The incentives, which are all based on plate appearances, max out at $4.62 million, which means the most the contract can possibly be worth is $8 million. As for his health, he was examined by a hand/wrist specialist who consulted with the doctor who did the surgery last fall, and Hudson has been cleared to take part in all activities. … If this team ends up with Hudson AND Manny, it could be an exciting summer, especially in the N.L. West.