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Hudson reportedly near deal with Twins

February 4, 2010 |  8:20 pm

There are several reports that Orlando Hudson, the Dodgers starting second baseman last season almost up until the playoffs, is on the verge of signing with the Minnesota Twins.

Hudson_picnik The report was first made by and has since been picked up by several media outlets.

Hudson was a late addition to the Dodgers and enjoyed a solid start, until fading down the stretch and losing his job to Ronnie Belliard in the postseason.

A four-time Gold Glove winner, Hudson batted .283 with 35 doubles, nine home runs and 62 RBI for the Dodgers.

Hudson, 32, is expected to bat second  for the Twins.

With incentives, he made close to $7 million last season and reportedly was looking for a guaranteed contract in the coming season at the same amount.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Orlando Hudson. Credit: Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times.