In one of the most predictable moves ever, Kenny Williams once again finally gets his man. With Brent Morel's combination of injury and ineptitude, a gaping hole is present at third base. With options lacking within the organization, Orlando Hudson's DFA by the Padres on Thursday provided a veteran option to solve the problem and Peter Gammons is reporting that the White Sox took it.
Hudson has been terrible for the Padres this season - .211/.260/.317 - and San Diego decided to eat the remainder of the $5.5 million he's owed this year, as well as his $2 million 2013 buyout, less the prorated league minimum the White Sox will pay him.
While Hudson has never played any position other than second base in the majors, the 34 year old did spend significant time at third base while in the Blue Jays organization as a prospect. A less likely possibility would be Gordon Beckham sliding over to the position he played his rookie season and Hudson taking his place.
Hudson is a career .276/.343/.415 hitter and as recently as last season had a reasonable line of .246/.329/.352. The switch-hitter has been injury prone in recent years suffering a series of wrist, groin and hamstring injuries.
With the news regarding Morel's back sounding less than rosy, the likely roster move to make room for Hudson is a DL stint for the 25 year old. Morel has hit a major league worst .177/.225/.195.