Giants poach Tim Hudson from Braves

SF Giants grab Tim Hudson for 2 years, $23 million

11/18/13 in MLB   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - Giants poach Tim Hudson from BravesThe San Francisco Giants are determined to not finish ten games out of first place and with the tenth-worst ERA in baseball again in 2014. According to reports coming out of San Francisco, the Giants have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Tim Hudson, lately of the Atlanta Braves. Hudson, 38 but still an above-average right-handed pitcher, went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in the 2013 season.

Hudson is not stranger to the San Francisco Bay Area. He pitched six seasons for the Giants' cross-bay rival Oakland A's, and had his best season with the A's. Hudson finished second in the AL Cy Young race as an Athletic in 2000, and won 15 or more games for the A's each season between 2000 and 2004 before being traded to the Braves prior to the 2005 season.

Now Tim Hudson has agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that Tim Hudson has agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants, and KCNBC's John Allen reported the the deal is for two years and $23 million.

Blog Photo - Giants poach Tim Hudson from BravesThis season Hudson was best known for a gruesome, bone crushing ankle incident (WARNING: That link shows a very graphic animated GIF) when he got his ankle  stepped upon while covering first base. That happened in July, and Hudson has not pitched in a game since.

Hudson has been on the NL All-Star team as recently as 2010.

Hudson is pushing 40, but he's seen as a potential mentor to Giants pitchers like the struggling Tim Lincecum. Hudson has actually given Lincecum advice in the past "He's still 91, 92, 93 (mph), plenty to win in this league, especially with that changeup," Hudson once said of Lincecum. "He doesn't have to make every pitch a swing-and-miss pitch. I was the same way when I was younger."

The Giants recently re-signed Tim Lincecum to a hefty deal, despite concerns that Lincecum has nothing left in the tank.
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