Orlando Hudson Dreams of Being a MetNovember 12, 2009
Over the past few days there have been plenty of reports that the Mets are shopping second baseman Luis Castillo. Castillo is set to earn $6 million next season and despite a productive 2009 year is looked upon by management as a liability. Most Mets fans hated him before he dropped the infamous pop-up against the Yankees so you can imagine how the fan base feels about him now.
There are talks of the Metropolitans being interested in the talented Chone Figgins, but at what price? Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated suggested that Figgins is looking for at least $10 million a season. Don’t get me wrong, Chone is a nice player and the Mets could use him. However, there is a much cheaper and comparable option available.
Hudson was not shy about chasing his childhood dream last offseason when he hit free agency, making it known he wanted to help open Citi Field. Omar Minaya ultimately couldn’t find a suitor for Luis Castillo’s contract in a trade, and Hudson ended up signing a $3 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I was happy to play for the Dodgers last year and was happy to be able to put on their uniform,” Hudson said. “The Mets have a pretty good second baseman over there so I don’t know what is going to happen.”
That’s not quite spoken like a true Mets fan, as Castillo has become a lightning rod for the ire of the Flushing faithful. As previously noted his dropped pop-up in the Subway Series became an emblematic play in a season that quickly fell apart for the Mets.
The Dodgers have yet to contact the O-Dog about a new contract, and it is likely they will look elsewhere for a second baseman. A report surfaced today that the Dodgers contacted the Mets about trading Juan Pierre for Luis Castillo.
I’m not going to tell you that Hudson is a superstar, nor the answer to all the Mets problems. He would just fit nicely in the Mets lineup and could sign with the Mets for a lot cheaper than other second basemen like Brandon Phillips or Chone Figgins. He has had a nice career, and earned his fourth Gold Glove yesterday. Before the Mets go out and spend $150 million on Matt Holliday, they should take a look at players like Hudson who will come much cheaper. I’d rather sign three Orlando Hudson’s than one Matt Holliday.