Lots of interest in Tim Hudson

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is drawing a lot of interest so far this off season, despite suffering a gruesome ankle injury last season. Hudson missed the final two months of the season with the fractured ankle but reports say at least ten teams are showing interest him, with the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals showing the most.

The Braves have offered Hudson a one year contract and are currently waiting to hear back from the pitcher. It’s important to note that the Braves did NOT offer Hudson a qualifying offer, so no draft pick will be forfeited by the team signing him.

Hudson will not receive a qualifying offer because his salary for the 2014 season will likely not be in the vicinity of the $14.1 million figure. But the 38-year-old veteran pitcher has been encouraged by the fact that approximately 10 teams have already contacted him. The Royals and Indians are the clubs that have shown the most interest so far.

Indians manager Terry Francona had a lengthy telephone discussion with Hudson a few days ago. Royals manager Ned Yost is expected to meet with Hudson later this week.

The Braves have already made a one-year offer to Hudson. But Hudson and his agent have not yet chosen to make a counter offer.(Mark Bowman – MLBlog)

Hudson was having a very good 2013 season before the injury. Tim had a 3.97 ERA over 21 starts with a 95/36 K/BB ratio and a 1.19 WHIP. Numbers that showed that even at 38 years of age he could still get the job done. Even if the ankle injury somehow slows him down, he’d still be a help to any contender.

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On that note, I find both the Indians and Royals as intriguing possibilities for Hudson. While the Braves offer him the best chance at a deep post season run but the other two are up and coming teams that could use the veteran leadership, especially the Royals.

A team like the Royals could afford a slight drop in performance if he helps instill a winning attitude to their players. The Indians saw how valuable that was to a team last year with Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher.

It’s clear Hudson is going to garner a lot of interest but the question is how much money will he command. With him not receiving a qualifying offer it’s obvious that the Braves don’t think he’ll get a deal more then $14.1 million and that they could get him back much cheaper.

Off the top of my head, I’m thinking he’ll get a deal between $8-10 million especially if a small bidding war ensues.

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