Both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics are reported to have interest in free-agent right-hander Tim Hudson, who spent almost six seasons with the A’s from 1999-2004 before he was traded to the Atlanta Braves.
There were thought to be two obstacles to either team landing Hudson, now 38 and returning from a broken ankle sustained last July. The first of those was what they teach us about real estate: location, location, location. Hudson is a native of Alabama who’s pitched in Georgia for nine years now. The second was price.
But according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, neither of those appears to be an issue. Schulman cited sources from the general managers’ meetings in Orlando, Fla., that Hudson would come back West if the situation were the right one.
And as far as price? Well, Hudson made $9 million in 2013 and not only did the Braves not tender the one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to pin Hudson’s signing to draft-pick compensation, the offer is reportedly for significantly less than he made last season.
Hudson isn’t the guy who went 92-39 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.222 WHIP with the A’s around the turn of the century. But he was 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA and solid 1.188 WHIP in 131.1 innings for Atlanta last year and struck out 95 hitters and won 49 games (yes, I know, wins are a team-dependent stat) and ate up 622.2 innings for the Braves from 2010-12 while posting a WHIP of 1.163 and an ERA of 3.19. He;s had no arm issues since returning from Tommy John surgery late in the 2009 season.
So I suppose one way of looking at Hudson is that he might be 38, but his elbow is only going on 5 or so.