I’ve beaten this drum before, and I’m far from the only one to do so, but the Minnesota Twins clearly need to make adding competent starting pitching their top priority this offseason. Signing a few younger pitchers that are in or approaching their prime would be ideal, but could a particular veteran be a potential option?
Tim Hudson spent the early part of his career with the Oakland Athletics, and he has spent the last several seasons with the Atlanta Braves. The now 38-year old is a free agent this offseason, and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported that at least 10 teams have shown interest in him already. It’s worth wondering if the Twins are one of those interested teams, but should they be?
Hudson went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA over 21 starts (131.1 innings) for the Braves this past season, but he did not pitch after July 24 after suffering a right ankle while covering first base. It was worth wondering if he’d ever pitch again in the aftermath of such a severe injury, which reportedly included a fractured fibula and ruptured deltoid ligament, but Hudson recently said he’d like to pitch 2-3 more years and as long as he checks out physically when teams look to sign him this winter there’s no reason he won’t get the opportunity to do so.
The Twins could use a veteran starter with Hudson’s track record (205 wins, 3.44 career ERA), but injuries have become an increasing issue for him in recent years, as he missed most of 2009 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and missed some time in 2012 after back surgery.
Minnesota’s interest in Hudson, apart from any injury concerns, should come down to his asking price and his willingness to pitch for a team that is not expected to contend in 2014. Within the additional parameter of the team not having to overpay for his services, under the assumption of not being a playoff contender, I don’t think the Twins and Hudson are a good fit for each other.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.