San Francisco Giants Sign Tim Hudson
The Giants signed 38 year old right-hander Tim Hudson to a two-year $23 million deal. One thing is for certain — he was obviously the pitcher the Giants wanted, as they went out and got him before almost any of the other high-profile free agents had signed.
This is typical of Brian Sabean’s Giants. He likes to get out there and sign the player he targets before the free agent market heats up. This has blown up in his face in years when the market was down, but this off-season looks like one where there is going to be a lot of spending.
The deal makes sense to me, both in terms of the pitcher the Giants are getting and the length of the contract. Before his freak ankle break last July, Hudson was having another strong season. Yes, his ERA has gone up each of the last three seasons, but he’s still an effective middle-of-the-rotation starter and he’s been remarkably durable since having his elbow tendon replaced back in 2008.
It will be tough for opposing batters to take him deep at AT&T Park, and even if he’s not right after recovering from last year’s injury or Father Time catches up with him in 2014, he’s only on the books for two seasons.
There was some question about whether Hudson would leave Atlanta, given that he’s from Georgia, but earlier reports that he’d be willing to come back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he long ago pitched for the A’s, were obviously right.
The question now, I guess, is whether the Giants resign Ryan Vogelsong and let him compete with Yusmeiro Petit for the fifth starting job next Spring Training, or whether they sign another veteran right-hander like Dan Haren, who isn’t linked to draft pick compensation. Vogelsong is certainly a less expensive option, but the Giants have plenty of money following this year’s pay-off from the 2012 World Series championship.