In an effort to improve the Cubs’ defense, let’s consider gold glover, Orlando Hudson. He is a switch-hitting second baseman who could complement Starlin Castro up the middle. The Cubs could acquire him on a modest, short-term contract.
He could be a good fit.
Orlando Hudson is coming off an injury-prone season last year but is expected to be completely healthy come Spring. In 2010, Hudson only played 126 games. His offensive numbers were down as well. His defense did not suffer. He remains one of the best fielding second basemen in the game today.
He has 4 gold gloves.
During his 9 year career, Hudson’s batting line is .284 / .358 / .402. That is a definite improvement over what the Cubs have had the last few years. Hudson would be an upgrade for a defense that has relied on utility players to play every day. Hudson has a career fielding % of .986. He ranks 1st in range factor for all active second basemen.
He would boost the offense as well.
You can learn more about Orlando Hudson‘s free agent stock value at MLB Trade Rumors. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/09/free-agent-stock-watch-orlando-hudson.html Hudson would be a fine addition to the Cubs. He would be a definite upgrade and he wouldn’t cost a fortune. He might be worth signing. Blake DeWitt would be ideal as the main utility infielder. Orlando Hudson would be ideal at second base. Something to think about.