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Tim Hudson to SF Giants

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Posted: 11/18/2013 3:36 PM

Tim Hudson to SF Giants 


, Tim Hudson close on two-year, $23 million contract. Still language to be resolved. First reported @Bayareasportsguy


@Buster_ESPN: ATL was simply never in a position to offer Hudson the kind of deal they would've needed to sign him, because of their arb-eligible players.

Last edited 11/18/2013 4:11 PM by PatioDaddio

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Posted: 11/18/2013 4:15 PM

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Damn. Was really hoping Huddy would be back. But, understand the Braves position.
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Posted: 11/18/2013 4:26 PM

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Braves lose free agent Hudson to Giants


By David O'Brien
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Veteran pitcher Tim Hudson is leaving the Braves to sign a two-year free-agent contract worth approximately $23 million with the San Francisco Giants.

After nine seasons in Atlanta, the Alabama native is returning to the Bay Area, where Hudson began his major league career with Oakland.

A person familiar with the situation said Hudson, 38, was in San Francisco to get a physical exam on Monday and the signing could be announced soon.

He drew interest from about 10 major league teams and offers greater than Hudson had anticipated, after going 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts in 2013 and having his season ended by a gruesome broken ankle on July 24.

The Braves increased their original one-year offer to a two-year proposal in the past week, but the dollars weren’t comparable to what San Francisco offered to lure the right-hander back across the country. The Braves’ original incentive-laden offer was worth significantly less than Hudson made last season.

The former Auburn standout had hoped to finish his career in Atlanta, where he and his family have put down roots and Hudson and his wife, Kim, run a charitable foundation that’s among the area’s most active.

The Giants already had re-signed their own free agent pitcher Tim Lincecum to a two-year, $35 million contract that was far more than anyone expected the recently mediocre Lincecum to command on the open market.

Braves general manager Frank Wren had hoped to retain Hudson, who has 205 career wins included 113 with Atlanta. The Braves had hoped he could continue as a stabilizing presence for a mostly young and inexperienced rotation.

After going 0-3 with an 8.69 ERA in a four-start period in May, Hudson was 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA and .224 opponents’ average in his last 10 starts before having his fibula broken when he was inadvertently stepped on by Mets base runner Eric Young while covering first base on a grounder.

Hudson made $9 million in 2013 in the option year of an extension he signed prior to the 2010 season, a contract that also had $9 million salaries over three guaranteed years through 2012. He had 16 or more wins in each of the first three seasons of the extension, and was 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA in 2010 in his first season after returning from Tommy John elbow surgery.

He went 16-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 28 starts in 2012, after missing the first month of the season recovering from spinal fusion surgery.

As things currently stand, the Braves would have returning starters Kris Medlen, Julio Teheran, Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy, who is expected to fully recovered from September arthroscopic elbow surgery, which the Braves characterized as a “cleaning out” procedure following his Tommy John surgery in June 2012.

The Braves plan to have left-hander Alex Wood work as a starter in spring training, after he impressed both as a starter and reliever as a rookie following a mid-season callup. The Braves also have rookie David Hale, who was outstanding in two September starts.

They still might try to add an experienced veteran to provide a presence in the rotation.
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Posted: 11/18/2013 7:09 PM

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Hate to see Hudson leave. He tried his best for the Braves but the team never could deliver a title for him. Sad day.
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Posted: 11/18/2013 7:12 PM

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A sad day.

I would have matched that offer myself. We need a veteran pitcher with playoff experience & Timmy was an established team leader.
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Posted: 11/18/2013 10:24 PM

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Wren had to let him go because of his mistakes in Uggla and B J UPton. If anything, Wren should have been fired at the end of the season. This is a big mistake not getting Hudson to stay.
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Posted: 11/18/2013 10:50 PM

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Is it really Wren's fault that BJ and Uggla had their worst seasons as pros last year?
I think he has done a fine job of keeping us with a very competitive roster.
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Posted: 11/19/2013 10:17 AM

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As much as I would have loved to see Tim finish as a Brave, I would not match 23 million for a guy his age.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 10:55 AM

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Hate seeing Hudson move on and you just know he will pitch well against the Braves in 2014, just how it goes often.

One thing I hope the "Brain Trust" keeps in mind, great clubs, even good clubs need a couple well seasoned veterans to help mentor the real young guys. With Huddy and Mac gone that is a big loss of leadership. All about money really, neither player is finished talent wise.
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Posted: 11/19/2013 12:31 PM

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Congrats to Huddy for landing that deal. Love the guy and will miss him.
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Posted: 11/21/2013 12:48 PM

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Thanks to Huddy for his years as a Brave and good luck in San Francisco.
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Posted: 11/24/2013 12:29 PM

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Yes and Yes.

No other GM in their right mind would have given BJ that deal, none.

Uggla was a career .250 (barely) hitter who hit HR and had mediocre defense.  Wren was solving for one X homers when he signed Uggla and it failed as a strategy.

He was not a #4 hitter and it showed from day one.

You take Lowe, KK, Uggla, BJ lump them together on a team that doesn't have the Yankees wallet and the GM is fired without a blink.


INDY4LIFE wrote: Is it really Wren's fault that BJ and Uggla had their worst seasons as pros last year?
I think he has done a fine job of keeping us with a very competitive roster.

Last edited 11/24/2013 12:35 PM by topgear16

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