MLB Rumor: Tim Hudson drawing interest from Indians

With today’s qualifying offer deadline, the MLB offseason is just getting started. Teams are being forced to make decisions on whether they’d like to protect certain players and potentially add a draft pick should they sign elsewhere.

In Atlanta, catcher Brian McCann is expected to receive the $14.1 million offer while starter Tim Hudson is not. The Braves have countered with a different one-year offer to Hudson’s representatives. But MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that Hudson is receiving interest from as many as 10 teams, with the Royals and Indians leading the pack.

Bowman writes that Cleveland manager Terry Francona spoke on the phone with Hudson earlier this week. The 38-year-old veteran misssed the final two months of the 2013 season with a fractured right ankle. If his rehab continues well, he could be cleared to resume throwing within the month.

The Indians extended a qualifying offer to Ubaldo Jimenez earlier today, but not Scott Kazmir. In the meanwhile, the team will likely be bargain hunting for an extra starting pitcher to go alongside the four pitchers locked into the 2014 rotation: Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar.

Hudson was 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this past year for the Braves. In his 15-year MLB career, he has a 3.44 ERA, 6.1 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9. He is a three-time All-Star. He seems like a solid player for the Indians to target, although his price tag is a bit uncertain at the moment.

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  • With that type of competition I’m not holding my breath but it’s nice to know.

  • mgbode

    I think this is just the beginning of seeing the Royals and Indians competing for the 2nd/3rd tier SPs on the market. We are losing Ubaldo & Kazmir, they are losing E.Santana & Chen.

  • nj0

    That time of year. Strap yourself in and prepare for months of rumors, reports, and ridiculousness.

    Oh, and fans griping about how the Indians need X,Y, and Z where X equals players that are not available in FA this year, Y equals players we can in no way afford, and Z equals players that do not actually exist in this reality.

  • Kildawg

    I personally think that only Masterson is locked into the 2014 starting rotation. Kluber, Salazar, and McAllister still should have to earn a spot in Spring Training.

  • Harv 21

    all well and good but this is lightning in bottle/veteran presence stuff. Nice and very helpful but the meat and potatoes is our own development of starters.

  • mgbode

    I think we are reserving 1 spot in the lineup for lightning bugs in the bottle. Hopefully, we keep the holes punched and remembered to put some food for them in there first.

  • JHop

    Bring back Bartolo Colon! The Indians shouldn’t make him a priority, but he’d be a pretty good fallback option if our main targets fall through.

  • mgbode

    yeah, but he has obviously been *ahem* aided in his late career resurgence and MLB is going to be watching him very, very closely. if we sign him, then it better not be a for a multi-year deal because he could just stop using his magic beans and be terrible.

  • JHop

    Agree completely. But if it’s between giving Hudson a 2 or 3 year deal at $10 million per year or giving Colon a 1 year deal for just $7-8 million, I think you’d have to go with Colon. Especially when the Tribe has young pitching talent that will hopefully be looking to seize a spot in the rotation in the next year or two. No need to sign someone longterm when that player will just end up making Bauer or another young pitcher the odd man out.

  • @TheDeePagel

    In that case, we are losing a lot more in my opinion.