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Rumor Mill: Orlando Hudson

It's beginning to look like it might be going, going gone for the Cardinals chances to land a legitimate, experienced major league second baseman.

Rumor out of Los Angeles is that the Dodgers may sign Orlando Hudson as soon as today, snapping up one of the players who was expected to be a major player in the free agent market for a fraction of what he was expected to get.

I still don't understand why the Redbirds refuse to take advantage of the bargains that are available on this free agent market. But it is pretty clear that the team will soon test President Bill DeWitt III's theory that cutting payroll would create a downward spiral resulting in decreased attendance and therefore decreased revenue.

Meanwhile, former Cardinals lefty Randy Flores found a new home with a $600,000 contract to pitch in the high altitude of Coors Field for the Rockies. He made a million bucks in 2008 to pitch for St. Louis where he posted a 5.26 ERA in 25 2/3 innings. He surrendered 34 hits and 15 walks.