Earlier today, Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution sent out the following tweet regarding the Braves and pending free agent Tim Hudson:
#Braves Wren indicated interest in re-signing Tim Hudson
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) October 14, 2013
It was reported earlier in the off-season that the Braves may not be interested in retaining Hudson, but general manager Frank Wren contradicted those reports today.
Hudson, 38, is coming off a brutal ankle injury he sustained on July 24th when Eric Young, Jr. stepped on and fractured his right ankle while he was covering first base. Hudson was carted off the field, and his season was over.
Hudson is expected to be fully healthy soon, and recently spoke of his preference to remain with the Braves.
Hudson will likely be seeking a one or two year deal worth between $8 million and $10 million annually. The Mets are in need of a high upside starter who will be reasonably priced in terms of both years and dollars, and Hudson fits the bill perfectly.
Before the ankle injury ended his 2013 campaign, Hudson had a 3.97 ERA and 1.19 WHIP for Atlanta over 131.1 innings pitched.
If the Braves make a serious effort to bring Hudson back, one would think that’s where he’ll end up. If not, the Mets should put on a full court press in an attempt to bring him to New York.