If we could rewind to the start of the eighth inning of the Braves’ 8-2 victory over the Mets on July 24 and see that Tim Hudson would agree to a two-year, $23MM contract with the Giants, or any other team this offseason for that matter, we’d assume that this would be a steal.
However, Hudson suffered a season-ending ankle fracture in that game and has since had a surgical screw removed from the ankle, hoping to be running by the end of the month. While he comes with a great deal of uncertainty, Giants general manager Brian Sabean and his staff have decided to roll the dice on Hudson’s health, knowing that should his ankle hold up and be ready for Opening Day, they’ll have a bargain on their hands.
There’s certainly risk in adding a 38-year-old starter coming off season-ending ankle surgery, but weighed against the risk of adding an inconsistent starter such as Nolasco, Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez on a four- or five-year deal, this seems to be a chance worth taking for the Giants. Consider that this time last offseason, Ryan Dempster received a two-year, $26.5MM contract coming off a season that saw him finish with a 5.09 ERA with the Rangers, the Giants might have had to pay a lot more if he’d finished the season as strong as he’d been pitching at the time of the injury (2.73 ERA over his previous 10 starts.)
Source: Steve Adams MLB Trade Rumors Is Tim Hudson A Bargain For The Giants? by Matt Stein