Tim Hudson adds a veteran presence to a pitching rotation that struggled in 2013
As one former member of the famed Oakland Athletics "Big Three" of the early 2000's leaves the San Francisco Giants, another arrives.
Hudson, 38, has won 205 career games and spent the last nine seasons with his hometown Atlanta Braves where he won 113 games and was an All-Star selection in 2010.
Last season he struggled, going 8-7 in 21 starts with a 3.97 ERA. On July 24th against the New York Mets, Hudson suffered an ugly ankle injury as Eric Young Jr. stepped on his ankle as Hudson was trying to cover first base. He is reported nearing the end of his rehab and should start throwing by the end of the month.
His return to the Bay Area, although this time on the other side of the Bay Bridge, marks the second time since being drafted by Oakland in 1999 that he'll call the Bay Area home.
Hudson won 81 games with the Athletics from 2000-2004. In 2000, Hudson placed second in Cy Young voting and was a crucial part of the A's pitching success in the early 2000's along with Barry Zito, who left the A's for the Giants, and Mark Mulder, who left Oakland for the Cardinals. Hudson was an All-Star with the A's in 2000 and 2004.
The Athletics reportedly finished second in the bidding for Hudson, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Giants fans shouldn't expect a long stay by Hudson, considering the pitching talent that San Francisco has in the minors like Kyle Crick and Adalberto Mejia.
The Giants are looking for one more solid arm for a pitching rotation that finished 22nd in the bigs in team ERA last season (4.00) and 16th in batting average against (.251). They have considered bringing back right-hander Ryan Vogelsong and have connected with veteran right-handers Dan Haren, Bronson Arroyo and Josh Johnson.