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Hudson heads to Minnesota

By jcfortun Published: February 5, 2010

Well, that didn't take long.

Yesterday it was reported that four-time Gold Glove winner Orlando Hudson was mulling over offers from the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins.

Today, for one year and $5 million, he is a Twin.

The Indians interest in Hudson, a second baseman, was a bit puzzling considering all of their off season acquisitions thus far have been of the "bargain bin" variety.

One of the main reasons the Indians traded away Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez last year was because they knew would be financially strapped in the offseason. So, they were forced to get creative with their acquisition of talent.

In a way, Justin Masterson and Carlos Carrasco are those "offseason acquisitions" but where just made a few months in advance.

It is obvious next season will see a lot of prospects playing at the Prog.

A signing of Hudson would have taken away at bats from Luis Valbuena, who currently projects as the starting second baseman, and other younger players who need the experience.  Valbuena does struggle to hit left handers at this point in his career, so a platoon cannot not be ruled out this season.

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