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Nationals have interest in Kennedy

Nationals have interest in Kennedy

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If the Nationals are not able to sign Orlando Hudson, look for them to set their sights on Adam Kennedy to play second base, according to a baseball source.

Kennedy is a person Washington has been looking at for several weeks, and the same source said Kennedy could come to the Nationals for far less money than what Hudson is asking for.

It is believed Hudson is asking for $9 million for 2010, which is too much for the Nationals. And don't look for them to offer Hudson a two-year deal either. In fact, the source believes the Giants set the market for infielders like Hudson when they re-signed Juan Uribe to a one-year, $3.25 million contract on Jan. 5.

As for Kennedy, he had a nice comeback season in 2009, hitting .289 with 11 home runs and 63 RBIs with the Athletics. The previous two years, he played in a combined 202 games because of benchings and injuries.

Kennedy, 34, is best known for his years with the Angels. In 2002, he was the American League Championship Series MVP after hitting three home runs against the Twins in Game 5.

While the Nationals still have interest in Hudson, there are some concerns about him. He had serious wrist problems his last two years with the D-backs and some have noticed that he has slowed down a bit defensively.

At the same time, Hudson, 32, is considered a great person in the clubhouse and a leader on the field. Back in November, outfielder Willie Harris expressed how he would like to have Hudson as a teammate.

"It would be a lot of fun to play with a guy full of energy," Harris said. "He is like Nyjer Morgan. But Nyjer is a little quieter than Orlando. They are pretty much the same as far as being competitive."

This past season, Hudson played for the Dodgers and hit .283 with nine home runs and 62 RBIs.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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