Giants Sign Tim Hudson

November 19, 2013 by  

Giants Sign Tim Hudson, Reflecting their efforts to strengthen their starting rotation, the Giants announced that they agreed to terms Monday with right-hander Tim Hudson on a two-year contract.

The 38-year-old Hudson wasn’t the most highly sought-after pitcher in free agency. That distinction belongs to Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. But Hudson remains one of the Major Leagues’ most successful performers. With a 205-111 record in 15 seasons, he ranks first in victories and third in winning percentage (.649) among active starters since he reached the bigs in 1999 with the Oakland A’s.

Though terms of the deal weren’t released, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the sides settled on a contract worth $23 million — an $11.5 million average annual value that exceeded what the Atlanta Braves, Hudson’s employers for nine years, were willing to pay. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Hudson also sought a full no-trade clause. Giants officials declined to comment until Tuesday, when a conference call featuring Hudson was expected to be scheduled.

The Giants thus concluded their third major agreement involving a potential or full-fledged free agent, demonstrating general manager Brian Sabean’s penchant for acting quickly to fill the club’s needs. Right fielder Hunter Pence agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract on the eve of the regular season’s conclusion. Right-hander Tim Lincecum received a two-year, $35 million deal before he could negotiate with other teams.

Now comes Hudson, a three-time All-Star who has finished among the top six in Cy Young Award voting four times. He ideally will complement three other All-Stars in the Giants’ existing rotation: Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Lincecum.

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