PHOENIX -- The Dodgers, apparently uncertain they can work a deal for second baseman Orlando Hudson, have also begun talks with free-agent infielder Orlando Cabrera.

Cabrera, a two-time Gold Glove shortstop, told the club he would be willing to move to second base, where Blake DeWitt came to camp as the heir apparent to the retired Jeff Kent. Shortstop is locked up by Rafael Furcal, who signed a three-year deal, although Cabrera would provide insurance if Furcal was injured again.

The 34-year-old Cabrera hit .281 with eight home runs and 57 RBIs for the White Sox, who acquired him from the Angels after Cabrera had signed a three-year, $26 million deal. He has 184 stolen bases in his 12-year career.

Both Orlandos envisioned free-agent riches this winter, only to find that the market crashed amid the global economic crisis. Cabrera received $10 million from the White Sox last season.

The Dodgers appear determined to land one of them to improve their offense and defense, even while continuing talks to sign free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez.

Cabrera and Hudson are both Type A free agents, so signing either one would cost the Dodgers a first-round compensation Draft pick.