According to Peter Gammons of MLB Network, the Chicago White Sox are reportedly about to sign Orlando Hudson to what is presumed to be a minor-league contract.
The 34-year-old second baseman was released by the Padres on Thursday after getting off to a miserable start. His .253 wOBA is the sixth worst among NL regulars and the worst among any second basemen in baseball.
Still, the White Sox are presumably looking for some depth at the position considering their starting second baseman, Gordon Beckham, ranks ahead of only Hudson and Washington’s Danny Espinosa among two-baggers in wOBA.
Hudson has been a massive disappointment this season in the second year of the two-year, $11.5-million contract he was signed to ahead of the 2011 season. The weird thing is, Hudson wasn’t even that bad last year, providing league average offensive production over 119 games with the Padres. In fact, of players playing at least 100 games, Hudson was fifth on the Padres with a .308 wOBA.
However, with Alexi Amarista, Andrew Parrino on the roster, and prospects Cory Spangenberg and Jedd Gyorko on the way, it was clear Hudson’s days with the Padres were numbered.
It makes sense for the White Sox to see if there’s anything left in O-Dawg’s tank considering his reputation for above-average defense and his career .276/.343/.415 slash line.
UPDATE: Scott Merkin of MLB.com is reporting that Hudson will play some third base as well as second with the White Sox. It should be noted that Hudson has never played anywhere on the diamond besides second base in his Major League career.