Twins Add Orlando Hudson, Complete the Puzzle in Minnesota

Jimmy MohlerContributor IIIFebruary 5, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21:  Orlando Hudson #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his home run in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The Twins have had a great offseason, adding pieces to fit the puzzle in Minnesota. After the additions of Jim Thome, J.J. Hardy, Clay Condrey, and Orlando Hudson, the Twins should have no problem obliterating the AL Central in 2010. 

Here's a look at a Twins lineup that would make the most sense right now:

1. Denard Span (CF)

2. Orlando Hudson (2B)

3. Joe Mauer (C)

4. Justin Morneau (1B)

5. Michael Cuddyer (RF)

6. Jason Kubel (DH)

7. Delmon Young (LF)

8. J.J. Hardy (SS)

9. Nick Punto (3B)


Their additions have been incredibly smart. Sending Gomez to Milwaukee didn't lose them any ground, and added a very good shortstop in J.J. Hardy. Jim Thome coming off the bench is genius: all AL Central closers are righties.

Orlando Hudson brings another great table-setter after Span and also fills the second slot in the lineup, something the Twins have been talking about for a long time. A more-experienced starting rotation returns with Pavano, Baker, Slowey, Blackburn and most likely Liriano. The bullpen even got better with the addition of Condrey and the return of Neshek.

Every spot that was lacking for the Twins has been addressed, save the third base qualm. Expect that to be addressed, as well as Mauer's contract, before the start of the season. 

It is safe to say that the Twins have one of the most potent lineups in all of baseball. A healthy Joe Crede would put it over the top, adding some power to an already stacked team. More than half will most likely hit over .300, and expect power numbers from Mauer to Hardy. 

So what's left, you ask? Not much. A third baseman and another veteran starter would be ideal, with third base being the more vacant spot. 

Twins fans are licking their chops this offseason. Minnesota hasn't put forth a team this solid in a very long time. With good years from the question marks like Liriano, Neshek, Young, and (insert third baseman here), the Twins might just be unstoppable this year.