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      Orlando Hudson plays Santa for Pee Dee families

      Darlington's Orlando Hudson is a free agent and should sign a big contract in the coming weeks

      Gold glove second baseman Orlando Hudson spends his off-season from Major League Baseball right in his hometown of Darlington. The O-Dog has formed the C.A.T.C.H. Foundation, which stands for Curing Autism Through Change and Hope. Hudson has based the Foundation in Florence and helps provide resources and a support system for youths coping with Autism. Hudson hosted a Homerun Holiday at Florence Darlington Technical College on Friday night bringing 40 families with autistic children for dinner. Hudson dressed up as Santa and gave presents to every child in attendance.

      On the baseball front, the former All-Star is on the free agent market and is considered the top commodity when it comes to second basemen on the market. Hudson played with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007, where he hit .305 before a thumb injury finished his season early. Considered one of the best defensive infielders in all of baseball, Hudson should get a large multi year contract. He told WPDE's Mark Haggard that the Yankees currently lead for his services with the Washington Nationals and New York Mets also in the mix.