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Instead Of Lee, Padres Sign Hudson And Hawpe 

The San Diego Padres were one of the biggest surprises in the 2010 season. Pundits, fans and experts doing MLB betting at BetUs were all surprised by how long the unsuspecting Padres competed by simply making shrewd moves and smart roster decisions.

As the offseason continues, it looks like the Padres can add more one tally to their abacus.

First basemen Derek Lee rejected the Padres offer of to play for one year at $8.5 million, which prompted general manager Jed Hoyer to take the money and sign two players instead of one: second baseman Orlando Hudson and first basemen-to-be Brad Hawpe.

With 11 players turned over from their 90-win team last season, the Padres have holes to fill so in this case, two may be better than one.

Hudson and Hawpe are coming off down years but at the very least, Hudson adds a Gold Glove in the middle of the infield to team with newly acquired shortstop, Jason Bartlett, and Hawpe plugs the void at first.

Lee is 35-years-old and after an MVP-type campaign in 2009, he fell off a little bit in 2010. What

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