The San Diego Padres have designated Orlando Hudson for assignment, with the purpose of releasing the loveable, but offensively inept second baseman.

So far this season, Hudson has been immensely disappointing at the plate, currently ranking dead last in both OPS and wOBA among regular second basemen in the league.

You might wonder if this is the end of a pretty decent career for Hudson, but consider this.

Hudson’s -5.0 batting runs above average would rank as the 4th worst on the San Francisco Giants. That’s pretty bad, but take a look at the three players he ranks ahead of:

  • second baseman Emmanuel Burriss;
  • shortstop Brandon Crawford; and
  • second baseman Ryan Theriot.

Hudson is owed $5.5 million for this season with a $2 million buyout for his $8 million club option for 2013. It’s not likely that any team, even one as desperate as the Giants, will show much interest in acquiring the second baseman until after Hudson clears release waivers.