Hudson Welcomed by Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Twins sure aren't acting like a
small-market team these days.

With a new ballpark set to open in April and a core of talented
players in their prime, the Twins have shed their frugal ways.

The latest addition came late Thursday night when they agreed to
a $5 million, one-year contract with second baseman Orlando Hudson.
He joins a list of new faces that includes shortstop J.J. Hardy and
slugger Jim Thome. And the team is in negotiations with catcher Joe
Mauer on a lucrative long-term extension.

The team's payroll already projects to over $90 million for next
season. General manager Bill Smith says the new revenue at Target
Field and a supportive ownership have prompted the more aggressive
approach.


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