PHOENIX -- There's been no movement between the Diamondbacks and Orlando Hudson on a contract for the 2009 season, and even the usually ebullient All-Star second baseman has nothing to say about it. "We ain't talking about that," Hudson said on Tuesday. "We ain't talking about that at all. So I don't have anything for you to write. Contract is nowhere near on my mind at all. My family's good, bro. When your family's good, a contract is nothing to worry about." What Hudson is talking about is his desire to remain in Arizona despite his shot at filing as a six-year free agent after the World Series.
"I would love to stay here. I would definitely love to stay here," said Hudson, who was obtained by the D-backs after the 2005 season in the four-player trade that sent Troy Glaus to Toronto. "You can write that in big bold letters: I would love to stay here. Yeah. I love the community. I love the team. I love all of it." Hudson is making $6.5 million this season, and he was recently angered when a local report was floated saying that he wanted $15 million a year to stay. Hudson said that report was false. He and Eric Byrnes are the veteran cogs on a young team. Byrnes, the left fielder, is in the second year of a three-year, $30 million extension. Asked if he felt it was important for the D-backs to keep their veteran core together, Hudson didn't bite. "That's a contract question, man," he said. "Don't be trying to slip something like that by me. I've been around too long, baby. It's not my call whether they want to keep me around. I don't know. I can't answer that. You'll have to ask J.B. about that." J.B. is Josh Byrnes, the team's general manager, and he wasn't effusive on the subject, either. Asked about Hudson's contract situation, Byrnes said: "I won't touch that one at all." Hudson has been his usually productive self on a team that won 19 of its first 27 games this season. He came into Wednesday's closer of a three-game series against the Astros at Chase Field hitting .271 with five doubles, three triples, three homers, 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Last year, Hudson missed most of September and the playoffs after surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb. His season ended with Hudson hitting .294, including 28 doubles, nine triples, 10 homers, 63 RBIs and 69 runs scored. Considering the team's play this season, Hudson is certainly hungry for another shot at the postseason. "The team's looking good, man, the team's looking good," he said. "We're doing some good things. But we've got a long way to go."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.