BOSTON (CBS) – Despite their current depth in the starting rotation, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly interested in adding veteran right-hander Tim Hudson.
And that feeling is mutual, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that someone familiar with Boston’s thinking this off-season said, “They really want him,” in regards to the 38-year-old Hudson.
Hudson went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA with the Atlanta Braves last season, which came to an end in late July when he suffered a broken ankle. Over his 15-year career with the Oakland Athletics and Braves, Hudson is 205-111 with a 3.44 ERA in 427 career appearances (426 starts).
It’s believed that Atlanta will remain Hudson’s first choice, but one thing is missing from his lengthy resume: a World Series championship. Coming to Boston would give him a better chance at achieving that goal, and would allow Hudson to pitch to his old friend David Ross, who he was close with during their time together in Atlanta.
The Red Sox have a plethora of starting pitching though, with Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, Ryan Dempster, and Felix Doubront on the books for next season in addition to all the young arms they have in the minors. Should Hudson sign with Boston, it would likely mean a corresponding move is coming with one of their starters.
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Hudson did not received a qualifying offer from Atlanta, so the Red Sox would not have to surrender a draft pick should they sign him. Passan reported that one executive believes Hudson could get a two-year, $24 million deal this off-season.
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