Tim Hudson and San Francisco Giants Agree to 2-Year Contract

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Tim Hudson and San Francisco Giants Agree to 2-Year Contract
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After nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves, veteran right-hander Tim Hudson is headed back to the Bay Area, where he began his MLB career. 

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:

Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area added:

Olney also reported that the Giants beat out their local rivals, the Oakland Athletics, who finished second in the chase for his services:

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports added a bit more context to Hudson's decision:

Hudson and Giants manager Bruce Bochy talked about the signing as well (via the Giants' Twitter account):

Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News provides more commentary from Hudson and an injury update:

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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