Only this time he'll be pitching for the San Francisco Giants, not the Oakland Athletics.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle later confirmed the news:
It's official. They've agreed to terms. Tim Hudson gets two-year deal with #sfgiants, who will make formal announcement tomorrow.— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) November 19, 2013
I'm told it's exactly $23 million over two years for Tim Hudson. No option. #sfgiants— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) November 19, 2013
Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area added:
Tim Hudson gets a full no-trade clause from #SFGiants, I'm told.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) November 19, 2013
Olney also reported that the Giants beat out their local rivals, the Oakland Athletics, who finished second in the chase for his services:
Oakland finished second in the bidding for Tim Hudson.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 18, 2013
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports added a bit more context to Hudson's decision:
Hudson’s agent, Paul Cohen, said pitcher had 11 offers. Factors in decision: Chance for team to compete, electricity at AT&T, vibrant city.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 19, 2013
Hudson and Giants manager Bruce Bochy talked about the signing as well (via the Giants' Twitter account):
"I'm excited to do whatever it takes to win, on the field, in the clubhouse and in the community" Tim Hudson #SFGiants— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) November 19, 2013
"I was really excited to join this rotation. Bum and Cain are two of the best in the NL" - Tim Hudson #SFGiants— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) November 19, 2013
Bruce Bochy on Tim Hudson "For him to choose us, we're honored and we're looking forward to working with him" #SFGiants— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) November 19, 2013
Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News provides more commentary from Hudson and an injury update:
Hudson on conference call: "It was a pretty easy decision once it came down to the nuts and bolts of the whole thing."— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) November 19, 2013
Hudson had screw removed from ankle last week, said he's right on track to have a normal spring training. #SFGiants— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) November 19, 2013
Over 15 marvelous seasons, Hudson has been the model of consistency. With a career ERA of 3.44, he has only seen that number balloon above 4.00 for a season on two occasions—once in 2000 (when he was second in Cy Young voting, interestingly enough) with the A's, and once in 2006 with the Braves.
In 2013, Hudson sported a solid 3.97 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 21 starts before breaking his ankle in July. Nevertheless, he should be cleared to run in a couple of weeks and is expected to be healthy by spring training.
As such, he drew tons of interest from the around the league. Throughout the last week, there were reports of the Boston Red Sox (via CBS Sports' Jon Heyman), Colorado Rockies (via The Denver Post's Troy Renck) and Baltimore Orioles (via MASN's Roch Kubatko), among several others, being in the market for Hudson.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien, though, returning to the Bay Area was an important factor for the 38-year-old:
The Giants, who finished tied for 12th in the NL in ERA last season, have a dynamic one-two punch at the top of the rotation with Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain.
But with Tim Lincecum's inconsistency the last two seasons, and the Giants declining options to keep Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong from becoming free agents, the rest of the rotation is shaky.
Hudson undoubtedly bolsters it.
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