The Chicago Cubs were never really into Orlando Hudson, despite his ability at the top of the order and the fact that he plays the one position that the Cubs could reasonably add a bat (after center field).  And now that the Twins have signed him to a deal around $5 million, we know why – he was going to cost too much.

But in the meantime, we kept hearing the Cubs’ name attached to another second baseman – one that was decidedly not an upgrade over what the Cubs currently have – Adam Kennedy. Well, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.

A few hours after losing out to the Twins in the Orlando Hudson sweepstakes, the Nationals stayed busy by agreeing to terms with free-agent second baseman Adam Kennedy, according to a baseball source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Nationals have not confirmed that a deal has been reached.

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

Obviously if Kennedy plays like he did last year, he’s a starting caliber second baseman, particularly on a team like the Nationals. But for the Cubs to have spent money on him would have been a crime.