Padres Designate Orlando Hudson For Assignment

Orlando Hudson of the San Diego Padres hits an RBI triple against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Orlando Hudson is having a bad offensive season, and the Padres decided it's time to cut ties with him.

The San Diego Padres signed Orlando Hudson to a two-year, $11.5 million contract before the 2011 season.

This turned out to be not a great idea. Hudson posted a .681 OPS (94 OPS+) in 2011, and was declining this year, hitting .211/.260/.317 through 35 games and 123 at-bats (63 OPS+). The Padres decided on Thursday that they'd had enough:

The Padres owe Hudson about $6 million -- about $4 million left on this year's contract, and a $2 million buyout of a 2013 team option. And all this on a day when this was tweeted:

Hudson has 91 career home runs. Oh, and as of Thursday he's also leading the National League in triples, with five.

For more on the Padres, please visit Gaslamp Ball.

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