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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Twins sign Hudson to one-year deal news services

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins and second baseman Orlando Hudson have agreed on a one-year contract.

ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reported the deal is worth $5 million, according to baseball sources. The Twins announced the deal late Thursday night.

Hudson gives the Twins a veteran at the top of the batting order with a .282 career average and four Gold Glove awards. He played in his second All-Star Game last season, his only year with the Los Angeles Dodgers after four with the Toronto Blue Jays and three with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He'll form an all-new double-play tandem for the Twins with shortstop J.J. Hardy, who came in an earlier offseason trade from the Milwaukee Brewers. The 32-year-old Hudson batted .283 with 35 doubles, six triples, nine homers and 62 RBIs in 551 at-bats for the Dodgers last year.

ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney and The Associated Press contributed to this report.