Bay Area Sports Guy is reporting that the San Francisco Giants are close to signing free agent, and former Braves pitcher, Tim Hudson. According to their source, the deal would be for 2 years and $23 million.
Hudson, 38, has earned $9 million per season in each of the last four years with the Braves, and sources recently told Henry Schulman that “the Braves apparently offered him a contract with a significantly smaller salary than he earned last year, one he is not inclined to accept.”
If the numbers we’re hearing are true, this stays in line with the Giants’ strategy of going higher on average annual value as long as it means being on the hook for fewer years.
It’s also been confirmed by local beat writers.
Can confirm report by @bayareasportsguy #sfgiants are close to deal with Tim Hudson.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) November 18, 2013
Front office thinks pitching prospects should start arriving in 2015. Hudson (first reported by @BASportsGuy) is a perfect fit.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) November 18, 2013
Can confirm what others are reporting: #SFGiants are close to a deal with RHP Tim Hudson.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) November 18, 2013
And Jon Heyman, who didn’t bother to credit Bay Area Sports Guy for the scoop.
tim hudson will have a deal with the #SFGiants, as reported.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 18, 2013
I agree with some of the consensus that it’s an overpay, but that with a short-term contract, it’s not a terrible risk. However, he’s coming off an injury, is 38, and has had Tommy John surgery. All things that could backfire on the Giants. Overall though, I think it’s a good signing. He’s a lifetime 3.44 ERA pitcher, and spent time in the Bay area when he pitched for Oakland. There’s nothing to suggest that we won’t see more of the same from a solid guy.
Tell us what you think!