Giants looking for infield help, could target Padres castoff Orlando Hudson

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Yesterday when the Padres released Orlando Hudson my post about the move wondered if the Giants would be interested in the veteran second baseman now that he was available on the cheap.

We’ll soon find out for sure, but in the meantime Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com writes to “expect the Giants to take a hard look at signing Hudson.”

San Diego is on the hook for his entire $5.5 million salary, along with his $2 million buyout for 2013.

Giants vice president Bobby Evans also revealed to Baggarly that they’ve “put out feelers” for potential infield help via trade after injuries wrecked the roster’s depth, so they may view Hudson as mostly a fallback option.

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.

Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.

There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?

All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.

If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.