There remains a little over 3 weeks until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and despite that fact around 100 free agents remain unsigned; some of which are extremely talented players that are struggling to find employment. The cubs' roster right now resembles a can of sardines, with hardly enough room for everyone; but right now is the time that the cubs could land a player they didn't expect to for much less than they would have ever imagined possible. Speculation has run amuck this off-season concerning players the team could consider adding to the roster for 2009 yet little has transpired outside of signing Milton Bradley. So as usual, I will toss another idea out there for cubs' fans to chew on:
Sign Orlando Hudson to a 1-2 year deal.
The opportunity is there, and he would be a certain upgrade at 2B. Mighty Mike Fontenot could then subsequently be used to further facilitate the Peavy trade talks or he could be put on the market to see what value he could bring in a another trade. In any case, O-Dog would be an uprade at the position over Font or even DeRosa for that matter. Hudson's defense is unmatched by most other players in the league at his position, and he provides another hitter in the order switch hitting. Imagine slotting Hudson in the 2 hole, after Soriano and before Aramis, where the cubs could potentially have switch hitters in the 2nd & 4th spots in the order. Not to mention the fact that the improved infield defense would aid the cubs' pitchers. I realize that Hudson is an injury risk, but all players in the league are to a degree, and who's really to say how Fontenot would hold up as an everyday starter anyway. Beyond Hudson's risk for injury there is very little else that would cause concern in adding a 3 time gold glover to the cubs' infield. So I said it, and now I expect most of the members of Mighty Mike's fan club to take aim and start throwing bombs in my general direction.