When the Chicago White Sox signed Orlando Hudson it was a low risk move. Will the team re-sign him?
Hudson is going to be a free agent in 2013. Hudson didn’t do much for the White Sox but what did the club expect? They brought Hudson in to play third base, a position that he doesn’t play.
Hudson didn’t really do anything offensively for the White Sox. He hit .204 overall and had 28 RBIs. Hudson only hit three home runs and of those three there was only one meaningful one. That was a walk-off homer.
Hudson played better in the field then I expected him to but you could see that he wasn’t going to be the answer at third base for the White Sox. Kenny Williams traded for Kevin Youkilis to play third base and Hudson was relegated to the bench.
If the White Sox want to re-sign Hudson, it would be low risk. Hudson could be valuable coming off the bench. He can also relieve Gordon Beckham when Beckham needs to get a day off. It also is valuable to have a switch hitter on a roster that can pinch hit when needed.
Hudson doesn’t have much power. He only has 93 career home runs. He also doesn’t have the speed that he may have had; he only has 85 career stolen bases. Hudson is pretty much a journeyman baseball player. He’s going to be 35 years old next season.
I think that the O-Dog doesn’t have much bite left in his playing days. As long as Hudson isn’t asking for a lot of money the White Sox should re-sign him. What is the worst that could happen?