Orlando Hudson is the answer for the Cubs at second base.
He’s still in the prime of his career, hits from both sides of the plate and plays exceptionally well defensively. Plus, he’s also very available as an unsigned free agent.
Shy away from O-Dog and the Cubs are left with an unproven Mike Fontenot and the veteran Aaron Miles to man the second sack.
And while Fontenot appears to be the favorite heading into Spring Training, I’m betting on Miles to win the job.
Miles certainly has more experience than Fontenot with five seasons of 300+ at-bats, including two seasons of 400+ ABs and one of 522. Fontenot, however, has never surpassed more than 243 at-bats in a season.
Yet, what’s being overlooked in the Fontenot vs. Miles competition is defense and both players combined can’t match Hudson’s fielding abilities.
Think how strong the Cubs would be up the middle with Soto behind the plate, Fukudome in center and Theriot and Hudson turning two.
As I like to say DEFENSE MATTERS!!!
Not to mention, I think Hudson would be a superb addition to the leadoff spot, assuming Soriano stays committed to moving down in the order.