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Tim Hudson is one of the Giants’ “chief targets”

Nov 12, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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Tim Hudson is one of the few free agents I can remember who actually signed with a team near where he grew up, so it’s probably not smart to totally dismiss the idea of him wanting to stay in Atlanta. But the dude was young and rich in the Bay Area once upon a time too, and probably enjoyed it, so maybe — if a sense of “home” matters to him — this from Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle makes sense:

One of the Giants’ chief pitching targets is Tim Hudson. Two potential obstacles to signing him appear to be non-issues now. First, sources said, the Alabama native and Georgia resident is willing to move across the country again to pitch for the right team. Second, the Braves apparently offered him a contract with a significantly smaller salary than he earned last year, one he is not inclined to accept.

I really don’t get the Braves lowballing Hudson after so many people on the team — players and manager Fredi Gonzalez — have talked about wanting him back. But then again, if we’ve learned anything this week it’s that the Braves are gonna zig when you think they’ll zag.

But of course in all seriousness, hometowns and the desires of people without skin in the game matter very little when it comes to free agency. It’s almost always about the money.


  1. NYTolstoy - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    true true about being about the money. If the giants go after hudson it is an automatic upgrade to what Zito and Volgy did last year. So there’s that, but I hope the giants can go after another outfield bat Something they truly need. I think they should actually go for Arroyo since he will cost less I believe. Either way a stsrtig staff of Bumgardner, Cain, Lincicum, Hudson, Volgesong, isn’t shabby one bit.

    • lingerie00yardsale - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Vogelsong had his option declined and it looks like he’s attracting attention elsewhere, so unlikely he’ll be back.

  2. thatstinks - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Break out the checkbook , Hudson has interest by half the MLB .

  3. temporarilyexiled - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Supposedly, the Giants are going after two pitchers, and that’s it.

    As usual, they claim the price is too high to get a couple of power bats for the outfield and infield.

    Did they not notice that the Dodgers are pretty good – and very rich – and will continue to spend?

    If they’re conceding without officially conceding, ouch.

    Maybe they’re not concerned with whether the ballpark will continue to sell out.

    Maybe there’s so much media money to go around, that they’re pretty much okay with the team as it is.

    And maybe these are all questionable speculations, but:

    1. They’re a big-market team.

    2. There’s no one in the farm system poised to make an immediate impact.

    3. If they start spending money in a way that doesn’t make you wonder, as in Lincecum and Pence, it’s news.

  4. 93warchant - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I’m a San Francisco Giants fan but, when are they going to go out and get someone that can put run(s) on the scoreboard with 1 swing. winning 2 world series titles in 3 years proves pitching is the dominant factor but sometimes when your down by a run or two you gotta have someone that can crush a baseball. p.s. giving Timmy 17 per a year doesn’t help.

  5. chc4 - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    The Braves claimed they wanted him back as a favor to Tim to increase his value. The Braves rotation is set with Minor, Teheran, Medlen, Beachy, Wood plus young guys in the system. I didn’t believe for a second the Braves *really* wanted Tim back. At least not at market value.

    Huddy has been a great Brave and I wish him the best. At age 38 we simply have younger, cheaper options. Which makes them better options.

  6. APBA Guy - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I can easily imaging Hudson being extremely effective as a ground ball pitcher in that huge ballpark.

    As for the Giants other needs, I think they will be in on a mid-tier bat at some point, trying to emulate in part what the Red Sox did. They certainly have the money, with something like $ 25M coming off the Zito deal.

  7. mgflolox - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    It’s impossible for me to be objective about Tim Hudson, I’ve been a huge fan of his ever since he came up with the A’s in “99. I’d love to see him back in the Bay Area, even if it’s across the Bay. Plus, as APBA says, he should be able to do very well in that park. Don’t know if the Giants have another pennant in them, but it would be great to see Hudson get to pitch in the World Series.

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