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Mets Should Sign Hudson to Play 2B



By Jed Weisberger ~ November 16th, 2010. Filed under: New York Mets, Offseason Speculation.

So the Mets – and their fans – have had enough of Luis Castillo playing second base.

One alternative that has been mentioned is a platoon involving Danny Murphy and Ruben Tejada at second base. A report out of the Arizona Fall League gives Murphy the inside track.

I like both Murphy, who has given baseball all he has – and is battling back from injury – and Tejada, who is a dazzling young fielder. Neither, however, gives the Mets lineup the boost and panache it really needs.

This where Orlando Hudson comes in.  The O-Dawg is a bit of a character, but the kind that can inject excitement into a club. He’s also a solid fielder, having made just 82 errors in nine seasons while being part of 745 double plays for a .986 fielding percentage.

Hudson, who turns 33 next month, is a pro, the type the Mets need. He’s changed teams the past few years, from the Diamondbacks to the Dodgers to the Twins because, like many free-agents of recent vintage, became a bit pricey for a lot of clubs.

He’s not the slugger Dan Uggla is, but he is a much better fielder.  His career OPS is a not-shabby .770.

I have no idea if Hudson’s intangibles fit in with the Mets’ new regime. In the scheme of things, the new front office may not want to take on a two-year, $11 million pact for a Hudson.  Perhaps the choice would be for the platoon mentioned above or to go with Castillo, who has little trade value, in 2011.

Hudson, however, would not only provide competent fielding, he is a solid gap hitter with a .280 career average. He’ll hit a home run here and there.  What I like most is what he would do to shake things up a bit.

If anything, the Mets could use a player who is a bit cocky, who, in a professional way, could get under the skin of opponents. The Phillies have players like that. The Braves have players like that. The Mets have not since Carlos Delgado.

A bit of what Hudson brings to ballpark results in a few wins during a season. Now that Minnesota has basically decided not to re-sign him – although the Twins’ fiscal situation has changed drastically over the past few years – the Mets should go get him.

Castillo was a good player at one time. What happened with the Mets just happened. He was not a good fit with the club.  Uggla would cost the Mets prospects they really don’t need to give up, and, playing the devil’s advocate, how would his power game play in Citi Field?

As far as Murphy and Tejada are concerned, the offense may come, but it is no sure thing.

I’ve seen enough of Hudson – whose offensive game, I feel, is quite conducive to Citi Field – and feel he quickly would become a fan favorite.

The guys making the decision are paying paid plenty to make the right call. To me, Hudson is that right call.

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Jed spent 35 years in the newspaper business working as both a writer and editor, in both sports and news under tight deadline pressure. As both sports editor at the Indiana (Pa.) Gazette and a copy editor/columnist at The Times of Trenton, he made daily decisions on overall coverage and designed and produced thousands of pages and special sections. Since accepting a buyout from The Times, he has concentrated on broadening his writing and editing horizons to the medical, academic and business fields. Anyone is welcome to Google Jed to see the different places in print, on the Web and in front of the camera his professional expertise has spread to.

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3 Responses to Mets Should Sign Hudson to Play 2B

  1. GDHebner

    Is the unintended, or perhaps intended but unspoken, subtext to the phrase about Orlando Hudson “a player who is a bit cocky, who, in a professional way, could get under the skin of opponents” a knock on Jose Reyes? Perhaps it reflects solely on me but I read it that way.

    As far as the Mets acquiring Hudson my opinion is if the Mets can do so entirely on terms favorable to the team they should consider it, otherwise pass.

  2. George

    What do you think of Mike Aviles of the Kansas City Royals playing second base? He’s a 29 year old shortstop and is younger than Hudson. Aviles is from the New York area, would be cheaper than Hudson and Aviles could fit well with a Aviles/Turner/Tejada combo in the middle infield. In 2010 he’s hit eight home runs with 32 RBI’s with a .304 BA and .335 OBP. Although Mike’s OBP is lower than Castillo, he can play second base and be easily used as a shortstop when Jose Reyes gets injured.

  3. Mike Silva

    George

    He is an interesting name, but under team control with the Royals so I don’t know what it would take to obtain him.

    He can hit, has some pop, and appears to play decent defense.

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