San Francisco, CA - According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a deal with starting pitcher Tim Hudson. Hudson is coming off of a disappointing end to the season last year with the Braves when he fractured his right ankle while covering first base. The deal is expected to be for two years and around $23 million.
At the age of 38, Hudson has one or two years of solid baseball left in him. He was a key piece of the Braves’ rotation last year before the injury, and wound up with an 8-7 record with a 3.97 ERA and 95 strikeouts. The Giants gave him a large deal as far as money goes, but they were able to stay out of a long-term commitment. Atlanta reportedly had an offer on the table for three years, but it was for less money that Hudson decided to decline.
San Francisco came into the offseason looking to sign two quality starters to round out their rotation, and this is a great start. Hudson is a very consistent pitcher even in his old age, and will be a great addition both on the diamond and in the clubhouse. The Giants will be looking for one more rotation arm before the end of the offseason, but the addition of Hudson is a big one.
Tim Hudson has never been an over-powering pitcher, but he is one that consistently gives up few runs. His ground ball percentage has been above 55% in every single season since 2002, which will bode well in San Francisco. Hudson will likely be the #4 option in the rotation behind Lincecum, Bumgarner, and Cain.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.