Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins and Hudson reportedly close to deal, but no news yet

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins rumors Updated: February 4, 2010 - 7:11 PM

We are working to confirm a report (via Twitter) by Bill Ladson, the Washington Nationals beat writer for, that the Twins are close to a deal with free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson.

One baseball source told me he heard Hudson's choices were down to Cleveland and the Twins, and that the Indians were actually offering more money. We have not confirmed Cleveland's interest, and the fact the Indians would offer more money than the Twins is surprising because Cleveland has appeared cash-strapped all offseason.

Earlier today,, had a report that the Twins were "intensifying" their pursuit of Hudson. Here's our earlier post on the subject.

Ladson's Tweets (@washingnats) went as follows:

I just learned from a baseball source that 2B Orlando Hudson will not play for the #Nats. He most likely will play for the Twins.

The baseball source told me that a deal is almost done between 2B Orlando Hudson and the #Twins.

What happened between the #Nats and 2B Orlando Hudson? They were far apart on money.

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Also, there's this from ESPN's Buster Olney (via Twitter @Buster_ESPN):

Wrote earlier in the week that the Twins were very serious about Hudson talks -- and now it looks like a choice between Minn. and Cleveland.

Update: Olney tweeted that Hudson is closing in on a $5 million deal with the Twins.

Update: The Twins will not confirm that they are near an agreement with Hudson. I've been told they made an offer and are waiting to hear back from Hudson's camp.


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