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UPDATE: Twins emerge as front runner for Orlando Hudson

UPDATE: The Twins and free agent Orlando Hudson are closing in on a one year deal worth 5 million dollars, according to's Buster Olney. Hudson will take over at second base, pushing Nick Punto into more of a utility role. This appears to be a great signing for both sides.'s Bill Ladson is reporting that free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson has ruled out signing with the Nationals and is deciding between the Indians and Twins. The Twins certainly have the upper hand even if the Indians have offered more money. The Twins are better than the Indians right now and would be that much better in the AL Central with Hudson in the fold. 

This is Hudson's second offseason where he has been left fishing for a job right up until Spring Training. You can bet that he is looking for more security with this deal. 

One league executive believes teams are offering Hudson somewhere in the range of 3-4 million dollars, plus incentives that would kick in throughout the season.

The Nationals will now turn their attention towards signing Adam Kennedy