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Tim Hudson is probably coming back to Atlanta

Oct 1, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

And that’s without the Braves even exercising his $12 million option, according to the AJC’s Dave O’Brien:

Huddy is a great teammate, beloved in the clubhouse, and he and his
wife do terrific stuff in the community through their foundation. They
have put down roots here, and have finally finished, or nearly
finished, the dream house they built in Auburn, where he went to school.

There’s no doubt in my mind he’d take quite a bit less than $12 mill
per season to stay here in a multi-year extension, probably less than
$10 mill per. And I don’t think any other team would offer him even
that much right now, not until he’s back for a full, healthy and strong
season.

“No doubt in my mind,” says O’Brien. I know a reporter who will remain nameless who told me that the only time good reporters say stuff like that — and O’Brien is a good reporter — is when they have some inside dish that they can’t quite report yet. Makes them seem prescient, you know. My guess is that O’Brien is privy to some informal talks between Hudson and the Braves, or at the very least has had Hudson tell him that, damn skippy, he’s staying in Atlanta no matter what the Braves do with his option.

As O’Brien notes, that leaves the question of what to do about Javier Vazquez up in the air. The conventional wisdom this summer has been that the Braves keep either Hudson or Vazquez, not both.  As a Braves fan my hope would be both, because you can never have too much starting pitching (ask Boston). But there are worse things in the world to have a sub-$10 million Tim Hudson on the team and a near Cy Young-quality starter on the block to fill holes.

Either way, the 2010 Braves may be the early favorites in the NL East.

  1. Tom - Oct 1, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Braves early favorites in the NL East? Really? 2009 REGULAR season isn’t even over yet. Go easy, Calc, go easy.

  2. Grant - Oct 1, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Haha. I think Craig’s letting his inner fan show through. But yeah, Tom’s right. The Mets were supposed to be the favorites again this year too, weren’t they? I’ll bet the Phillies will be right there at the end of next year, too.

  3. David - Oct 1, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Not to be cynical here, but did Huddy also comment on how great the school systems are there? If I had a dollar for everytime a ball player said they loved a place and wanted to stay. All things aside, Huddy seems to genuinely loves being there and even traveled with the team when he was on the DL to be part of the team. Good for him.

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