The Nationals, it appears, will have to move a spot down their list of middle infield options; Orlando Hudson isn’t coming to Washington.
According to league sources, the free agent second baseman is either headed to the Twins or the Indians, with the Twins appearing to be the front-runner.
The Nationals had acknowledged interest in Hudson and had made an offer believed to be upwards of $3 million.
Several players, including first baseman Adam Dunn, said they believed Washington was Hudson’s top choice. But the former Blue Jays, D-Backs and Dodgers infielder was unwilling to lower his price for the Nationals and will now likely land in the AL Central.
So what now? Well, the Nationals are interested in Adam Kennedy, and they could land him (although he’s commanding interest from several other teams). But they could start the spring with Ian Desmond and Cristian Guzman as the starters, with Willie Harris and Alberto Gonzalez as backup options.
I’ll keep my ear to the ground on the future options, but Hudson does not appear to be one of them.