This turned out to be not a great idea. Hudson posted a .681 OPS (94 OPS+) in 2011, and was declining this year, hitting .211/.260/.317 through 35 games and 123 at-bats (63 OPS+). The Padres decided on Thursday that they'd had enough:
Hearing Orlando Hudson has been designated for assignment— keithlaw (@keithlaw) May 17, 2012
The Padres owe Hudson about $6 million -- about $4 million left on this year's contract, and a $2 million buyout of a 2013 team option. And all this on a day when this was tweeted:
Hudson has 91 career home runs. Oh, and as of Thursday he's also leading the National League in triples, with five.
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