On the eve of hosting division rivals, and NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres announced that they have release second baseman Orlando Hudson on Thursday.
Hudson was designated for assignment, but San Diego has requested release waivers on Thursday.
The Padres have the worst record in the NL, 14-24, and the move will make room for the addition of claimed left-hander Eric Stults off waivers from the Chicago White Sox in an effort to boost the San Diego bullpen.
The two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner Hudson has been a major contributor in the past, but after signing a $11.5 million, two-year contract before the 2011 season to replace David Eckstein, he has been a major disappointment, batting just .238/.313/.344 with a .657 OPS over 585 plate appearances including an anemic .211 BA with one homer and 11 RBIs this season.
Hudson was making $5.5 million this year, with a $2 million buyout for next year, so it would appear that San Diego was not getting what it was paying for.
However, somebody is bound to take a chance on him at the major league minimum.