Friday, February 20, 2009

Orlando Hudson Signed, Vin Scully Delighted

So Orlandomania was just posturing, and the Dodgers signed their original target, Orlando Hudson. What does this mean for the Dodger lineup? Our own Alex Cora has an idea:

Sounds like we will be hearing Vin saying "O DOGG" all season - we just signed him. Blake to Left, Dewitt to third now and no Manny?

Ken Gurnick theorizes as well:

It's not clear how the dominoes will fall with Hudson's addition. Blake DeWitt, the presumed heir apparent to Kent at second base, could move to third base with Casey Blake moving to left field. Or DeWitt could be squeezed out, with Juan Pierre remaining in left.

Then there's that other free agent, Manny Ramirez, who could create a real jam if he and the Dodgers ever end their stalemate.

So the Dodgers just signed an experienced second baseman and their outlook is just as murky as before. Does Hudson's presence give Ned Colletti more leverage against Scott Boras in the Ramirez negotiations? Only if you believe that .282/.346/.433 lifetime makes Manny unnecessary.


Reactions from around the Dodger blogosphere:

Did the Dodgers make a safe landing on Hudson? (Dodger Thoughts) (also: First Place, Headline Division)

Ned shortchanges future as he builds for today (True Blue L.A.)

If I Post About Orlando Three Times in a Row, Maybe He'll Appear (Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness)

Dodgers Sign Orlando Hudson To A One-Year Deal (Fire Ned Colletti Now)


Josh Rawitch says it's official.


Neeebs (The Original) said...

My tea leaves say that IF they end up signing Manny, there will be a significant trade for a pitcher, which will likely include James Loney, among others. Casey to first, DeWitt to third.

Lipton has spoken.

Kyle Baker said...

Vinny must be the happiest man alive today. For the last couple of seasons, I've sworn that Vin has a crush on the O Dog, and now I'm certain of it.

Orel said...

Neeebs, maybe a package of Pierre and DeWitt?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Orel: For Pierre and DeWitt we would probably get an overpriced/underachieving pitcher like Zito.

Orel said...

I'd almost do that trade.