Orlando Hudson to the Twins. Anyone ever wonder about how Disneyland and Disney World are both in an Orange County in two different states? Weird, right? Yeah, deep thoughts with Grey Albright. So Orlando Hudson goes to the Twins and retains the same value he’s had with every other team. You can set your watch to “Blah” and Hudson will get there every time. He’s around the same value as Crapolanco. He’ll slide into the two hole in the lineup and slash around 85/10/65/.290/10. As they say, a better real baseball move. And by “they,” I mean whoever says that. The best part of signing Hudson is that Twins fans can say see-ya to Casilla as a starter at 2B and punt Punto to under 200 plate appearances. Anyway, here’s some more signings and goings-on for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Orlando Cabrera — To the Reds. Orlando Cabrera is slightly more exciting than Hudson, but really it couldn’t have been more yawnstipating. O-Cab brings a bit more speed potential with a slightly lower average. Think 80/10/75/.275/15. Not a bad name to look at late at MI, but you’ll definitely grow bored of him sometime in April.
Erik Bedard – Resigns with the M’s. Solid for about three months of the six month season. Unfortunately, no one has any idea when those three months will come.
Kevin Gregg – Signed on with the Blue Jays. <sarcasm>When your team will battle for last place in the toughest division and you have guys that are capable of being the closer, why not sign a mediocre closer?</sarcasm> I imagine this signing is like what my friend we call, Cheap Bastard, does. (You know, Fat Bastard. Well, my friend’s cheap.) He doesn’t really need a six gallons of chicken broth from Costco, but it’s on sale. Everyone’s got a friend like this, or you are this person. I figure the Jays will just trade Gregg away at the trading deadline. Gregg’s not a terrible closer like his rap sheet may indicate. He was a bit unlucky last year with homers allowed. He was an unnecessary purchase for the Jays, but he’s no worse than most eh closers. Around a 4 ERA, around a 1.30 WHIP and decent Ks — about 8 K/9, which puts him in the 60 K range on the year. If he’s getting saves, he’s worth owning. SAGNOF! I think he will be the closer for at least the first part of the year.
Ryan Garko – Signed with the Mariners. Again, another better in real baseball type move. He’ll hurt Casey Kotchman’s playing time, but, as we all know, Kotchman was hurting his own playing time.
Adam Kennedy – Signs with the Nats and soils my Ian Desmond sleeper post. Jim Riggleman said Ian Desmond could play all three outfield positions, shortstop and second base. Not an ideal situation. Will have to see what playing time is like for Desmond now. If he can get 400 ABs, he’ll still have value, just not nearly as much. I haven’t had such harsh feelings for a Kennedy since the early 90’s VJ.