UPDATED 6:35 p.m. 11/18/2013
The San Francisco Giants have reportedly agreed on a two-year, $23 million contract with free-agent right-hander Tim Hudson.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the deal is done. It’s expected Hudson will be introduced Tuesday.
BayAreaSportsGuy.com initially reported the possible deal.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirmed the numbers via Twitter:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 18, 2013
The Giants came into the winter wanting to upgrade the starting rotation after it inexplicably collapsed in 2013. The Giants had a top-10 ERA for its starting pitchers en route to winning a World Series title in 2012 at 3.68. That number rose to 4.00 in 2013, which was 22nd in the major leagues.
For Hudson, it will mark a return to the Bay Area, where he was a stalwart for the Oakland A’s rotation from 1999-2004.
Last season with the Atlanta Braves, Hudson was 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.188 WHIP in 21 starts and 131.1 innings. He didn’t pitch after July 24, when his right ankle was fractured and dislocated when he was stepped on by New York Mets’ outfielder Eric Young Jr. while covering first base.
Hudson, 38, spent the last nine seasons in Atlanta, where he was 113-72 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.242 WHIP in 1,573 innings. Of his 244 appearances with the Braves, he started all but one of them, and he was an All-Star for Atlanta in 2010.
The Braves did not extend Hudson a qualifying offer (one-year, $14.1 million) and were reportedly willing to bring him back, but only at far less than the $9 million he made annually for the last four seasons.
The two years, $23 million figure being cited as what the Giants offered would be in line with their strategy offering more per year in exchange for being locked in for a shorter term.
The Giants already re-signed former two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum last month and now have Hudson to add to Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Lincecum, meaning San Francisco will remain in the market for one more arm.