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Report: Rockies among as many as 15 teams interested in Tim Hudson

Nov 9, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

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We learned yesterday that the World Champion Red Sox have strong interest in Tim Hudson, but they are going to have plenty of competition.

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies are among “as many as 15 teams” who have expressed interest in the veteran right-hander. Luring free agents to pitch at Coors Field can be a challenge, so Renck speculates that they would likely have to overpay to bring him aboard.

Coming off season-ending ankle surgery, Hudson is said to be looking for something in the range of two years and $24 million, though the price tag could rise depending on how the market plays out. He did not receive a qualifying offer from the Braves, so teams won’t have to worry about giving up a draft pick to sign him.

The Red Sox still look like the early favorite here, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports wrote yesterday that Hudson is close with David Ross and other members of the team. At 38 years old, he also wants to be in position to win a ring, which is something that the Rockies can’t offer right now.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    !5 out of 30 teams are interested? His agent has probably been working hard to spread the news.

  2. xpensivewinos - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    For the Red Sox it’s not just 2 for 24. You also have to factor in the salary they have to include in a deal to get rid of Dempster and the salary they have to include in a deal to get rid of Peavy. That’s a hefty investment in a 38 year old pitcher.

  3. cackalackyank - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    It is not surprising there is a lot of interest. I can’t help wonder how that ankle will hold up after having been broken at 38. I wonder if 12 million per is a little high. Maybe 10 with incentives and a vesting option.

  4. spc7ray - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Too much money and too old–12 million for 2 years maybe

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