11/02/08 12:49 AM EST
Hudson, Dunn declare free agency
Neither player likely to re-sign with Diamondbacks
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
The second baseman, as well as outfielder Adam Dunn, were the latest D-backs to file for free agency Saturday.
"Obviously, Arizona is my first choice," Hudson said. "But deep down, I know it's not going to happen. We had three years, but they're going to go in a different direction. It's not coming from them, it's not coming from my agent, that's just coming from me personally. I just think they're going in a different direction. They may go younger. I don't know. Maybe they don't think I'm a fit in Arizona. It doesn't bother me; there are 29 other teams. We'll just have to see what happens."
Seeing as the D-backs have less than $10 million to spend on free agents this winter, Hudson and Dunn appear to be outside of Arizona's price range.
Hudson and Dunn joined first baseman Tony Clark, reliever Juan Cruz and infielder David Eckstein as Arizona players to file for free agency. The other D-backs players eligible to file are left-hander Randy Johnson and right-hander Brandon Lyon.
Hudson was acquired from the Blue Jays prior to the 2006 season. A defensive wizard, Hudson nabbed the National League Gold Glove in '06 and '07 and could pick up another next month. He won an American League Gold Glove in '05.
For the second straight year, Hudson had his season cut short due to an injury. He suffered a fracture displacement of his left wrist when he jammed it trying to tag out a sliding Brian McCann at second base.
Wearing a brace, Hudson said his rehab is going well, and he planned on seeing hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan this weekend in Phoenix before returning to his home in South Carolina. He is set to be married on Nov. 22 and said he will be taking grounders as soon as he returns from his honeymoon.
"It won't be long before I start taking ground balls," he said. "It will be a little longer before I start hitting -- not because I can't, but because I want to give it a little more rest."
Hudson hit .305 with eight homers and 41 RBIs last year for the D-backs, and after six-plus seasons in the big leagues, he is looking forward to his first taste of free agency.
"Look, if it doesn't work out [in Arizona], ain't gonna be no love lost," Hudson said. "You work hard and play hard, and there are opportunities for a team to sign you, and they don't. So then you get to free agency, and it's like, wow, you get to see how many teams love you and how many don't like you. It's definitely a great thing. I'm looking forward to see who says, 'I want to have Orlando on my team.'"
The free-agent filing period runs through Nov. 13. During that time, free agents are allowed to speak with other clubs, but only their current club can discuss salary figures with them.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.