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Hudson said to be close to a deal with Twins

Word from Minnesota is that the Twins are close to a deal with Orlando Hudson, presumed to be the top second baseman available on the free agent market.

That means one more possible destination for former Cardinal Felipe Lopez is seemingly off the list while the market for Lopez will be more accurately defined.

Hudson is believed to be asking for about $6 million. If he gets anything close to that, Lopez may be out of the Cardinals' reach despite their patience in waiting him out.

I really like Lopez for the Birds in that he is a versatile defender who can play any infield position or the outfield corners while hitting just about anyplace in the batting order and switch hitting to boot... But the talk around the Cardinals is that they are very willing to walk away and populate the bench with kids if they can't get Lopez at their price.

Hudson, 32, played with the Dodgers last season and hit .283 with nine homers. Meanwhile, Lopez replaced Hudson in Arizona where he hit .301 with six homers in 85 games before getting traded to the Brewers. To make the whole thing that much more incestuous, Hudson was replaced in Los Angeles late in the season with another former Cardinal, Ronnie Belliard, a member of the 2006 World Series winners.