Hudson deciding between Twins and Nationals?

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It sounds like Orlando Hudson is close to deciding on his new team, although reports vary a bit on where he’s likely to end up.
For instance,’s Buster Olney reported this morning that the “Twins appear to be serious in their pursuit of Orlando Hudson.” Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune agrees, reported yesterday that the Nationals were “getting close” to signing Hudson to a one-year deal “for $3 million with incentives that could easily reach $4 million.”
If the Twins are only interested in Hudson if his price drops below $3 million and the Nationals have offered him a one-year deal worth $3 million plus incentives … well, then it sure seems like Hudson is going to sign with Washington unless he’s willing to pass up money to play for a better team. None of which explains why the Twins aren’t willing to spend more than $3 million to fill their need for a second baseman and No. 2 hitter.

Rangers release Bartolo Colon

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Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon was released from his minor league deal with the Rangers on Saturday,’s TR Sullivan reports. Despite his strong showing in spring training, Colon wasn’t considered a lock to make the Opening Day rotation. This may not be the end of his time with the team, however — according to multiple reports, the Rangers have expressed their desire to restructure a minor league deal with the right-hander and could work out an arrangement to keep him on as bullpen and Triple-A depth this season.

Colon, 44, is preparing for his 21st year in the majors. He split his 2017 campaign with the Braves and Twins, posting a cumulative 7-14 record in 28 starts and finishing the season with a 6.48 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 5.6 SO/9 in 143 innings. While those numbers were some of the worst he’d seen since 2009, the veteran righty made a compelling case in camp this spring, holding batters to six earned runs, four home runs, two walks and 10 strikeouts in 18 innings.

The Rangers are expected to open the season with a rotation comprised of Cole Hamels, Doug Fister, Matt Moore, Mike Minor and Martin Perez. Perez is working his way back from an elbow injury in his non-throwing arm and is slated to miss his first start of the season, which would provide a brief window of opportunity for Colon when the Rangers hit the road in April.