Veteran starting pitcher Tim Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, Nov. 18.
The 38 year old returns to the Bay Area for the first time since playing with the A’s in 1999. Over the span of his career, he holds an outstanding record of 205 wins and 111 losses, and ranks first in victories overall and third in winning percentage (.649) among active players, according to the SF Giants website. Hudson’s season last year with the Braves ended shortly after he fractured his ankle in a close play covering first base in July. He ultimately ended the 2013 season with a 8-7 record, with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts. After this unfortunate incident, he looks to come back stronger and help the Giants as much as he can and give them a chance to win every time he goes out there and pitches.
Hudson signed with the Giants a few weeks after they released Barry Zito, his former A’s teammate. During the 2000-2003 season, the Oakland A’s made it to the playoffs four consecutive times, all containing the combination of Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, and Mark Mudler, who would later be known as “The Big Three.” “I’d like to start out by saying we’re really excited to come back to the bay. This is where I started my career. Making a trip back across the country quite honestly isn’t something I anticipated a couple years ago. When the Giants were interested in me, I quickly realized it was going to be a definite possibility,” says Hudson in an interview with USA Today. The Giants are hoping that the new addition of Hudson can turn their fortunes around after a dreadful 2013 season, where he can pick up the other starters and get them back on track. Tim Hudson has spent the last eight seasons with the Atlanta Braves, and he states he wanted a fresh start with a new team. Since 2009, Hudson has recorded a 57-33 record with a 3.39 ERA. “They have a ton of talent here, I was excited to join this rotation. They’re really good. They probably don’t need my help,” Hudson concluded.