"Great place, great atmosphere, unbelievable ballpark," Hudson said.
All this is from the MLB Network Radio twitter feed .
Hudson said five teams had been calling him, with two-year and three-year deals.
Still, he said he expects the deal with the Padres to be announced later on Friday.
The Padres will be Hudson's fifth team overall, and fourth in the last four seasons. Hudson hit .268/.338/.372 with six home runs, 37 RBI and 10 stolen bases for the Twins last season. He turned 33 this week and was expendable with the Twins' impending signing of Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
How does Hudson fit in with the Padres? Well, a quick look at their official site tells you about all you need to know -- the team's depth chart has Everth Cabrera as the starter at both second base and shortstop (even though everyone assumes Jason Bartlett is coming to San Diego, that's still not done, so there's no telling what's going to happen with that). There's no backup listed at shortstop, and at second, it's recently-acquired Eric Patterson. Patterson was acquired Thursday as the player to be named to complete the Adrian Gonzalez deal, so there's a story about him on the front page. The picture accompanying the story is of Patterson dropping a ball. Not quite something that gets the fanbase too excited about buying tickets.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com tweets Hudson's deal is for two years, worth $11.5 million.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans