The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported Monday that the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants were among several teams to contract right-hander Tim Hudson after the veteran was not extended a qualifying offer by the Atlanta Braves in free agency.
Hudson was 8-7 for the Braves in 2013, making 21 starts and working 131.1 innings before his season ended abruptly on July 24 at Citi Field in New York.
Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. stepped on Hudson on a close play at first base, fracturing the pitcher’s ankle. He is scheduled to have a screw removed from the ankle this week and could resume throwing off a mound about two weeks later.
Hudson had a 3.97 ERA and 1.188 WHIP for the Braves in 2013, striking out 95 hitters.
While Hudson didn’t receive a qualifying offer from Atlanta, the Braves did extend a contract offer to Hudson, but it was lower than the $9 million he earned last season.
Other teams beside Atlanta and Oakland said to be pursuing Hudson include the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals.
The 38-year-old right-hander originally broke into the big leagues with the A’s in 1999, two years after he was selected by Oakland in the sixth round of the June 1997 draft.
Hudson was 92-39 in six years with the A’s (1999-04), posting a 3.30 ERA and 1.222 WHIP in 183 starts and 1,240.2 innings with 899 strikeouts. He was also 1-2 in seven postseason appearances, six starts, for Oakland from 2000-03. He had a 3.44 ERA and 1.382 WHIP with 24 strikeouts in 34 innings.
Hudson was actually drafted twice by the A’s—they selected him out of high school in the 35th round in 1994, but Hudson opted not to sign.
In December 2004, the A’s traded Hudson—who was scheduled to become a free agent after the 2005 season—to the Braves for Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer and Charles Thomas.
In nine years with Atlanta, Hudson was 113-72 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.242 WHIP in 243 starts and one relief appearance. He worked 1,573 innings and struck out 997.
He was also 0-1 in three postseason starts for the Braves, posting a 3.48 ERA and 1.306 WHIP ion 20.2 innings with 13 Ks.
Hudson was twice an All-Star with Oakland, in 2000 and 2004 and made it once with Atlanta in 2010. He was runner-up for the AL Cy Young Award in 2000 when he was 20-6 for the A’s. Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox won the honor.