O-Dog finds a home and other Friday thoughts
It looks like Orlando Hudson has finally signed. The one-year deal for $3.38 million with $4.6 million in incentives.
The good news for the D-backs is they get the Dodgers’ first-round pick, but of course the bad news is their rival in the NL West just got better.
We’ll see how it works out for Hudson, truly one of the good guys in the game, but he’s got to be kicking himself right now for not taking the D-backs up on their four-year offer last year that was worth around $7 million per.
Curious to hear how D-backs fans feel about the signing.
— Watched Ryan Roberts swing the bat and as advertised, he can hit. It will be interesting, especially with the injury to Alex Romero to see how the battle for the final spot on the bench goes this spring.
Anyone want to make any predictions on that?
— I’ll write more on this next week, but Chris Young has tweaked his mechanics at the plate. He’s gotten rid of the toe tap, no-stride stance and is taking a short stride towards the pitcher. He’s also allowing the ball to travel a little further which allows him to hit the ball the opposite way, which should help him.
The hitters as a group are working on cutting down strikeouts this spring as my fellow writer Nick Piecoro wrote in a story today.
— Eric Byrnes may not be in the first couple of Cactus League games because the D-backs are going to make sure his hamstring is 100 percent and they don’t want him to try and do too much. That should be interesting, because Byrnes is eager to get out there and run again and he’s not a guy that seems to have a gear other than all out.
— With Josh Byrnes saying today that Tom Gordon is going to start the year on the DL, that leaves three spots open in the bullpen, one of which is going to go to someone who can pitch multiple innings and spot start.
Who are your picks to win those spots?
— Jailen Peguero cleared waivers and will be back on the field as a non-roster player on Saturday.
— D-backs left-hander Daniel Schlereth has a blog now on MLB.com.