It would be extremely difficult to put into words what the addition of Tim Hudson meant to the Atlanta Braves during the last several years. He has been the perfect teammate and a great performer the entire time he’s been in Atlanta. The addition of him to a playoff roster likely could have at least meant the team going one round deeper into the postseason. Now that his contract is up the Braves did not chose to send him a qualifying offer. Why, is that a good decision?
As undeniable as Hudson’s value is to the Braves, he certainly could not be said to be worth the full $14.1M amount for a qualifying offer. He would quickly say yes to that deal and it would be set in stone. The Braves do not want that deal though. They do want Hudson back, just not for that much. Basically it comes down to what they will be willing to pay for a good veteran starter. For the qualifying offer amount they could sign a slightly bigger name or trade for one as well.
What would be ideal is if they can re-sign Hudson for a decent amount and have him there to anchor the young staff once again. After him the arms of Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Kris Medlen and Julio Teheran would make a very solid starting five. The Braves do have flexibility however in David Hale and the proven ready Alex Wood so they aren’t desperate for Hudson from a baseball standpoint.
Considering Hudson loves it in Atlanta and lives literally a few minutes from Turner Field, the Braves should be able to sign him for slightly less than other teams would be able to. They hope to take advantage of this fact and have Huddy there to do what he does best, but if he goes elsewhere for more, they have a backup plan. It’s the perfect non-move with the qualifying offer.