Boston Red Sox Rumors: Signing Tim Hudson Would be a Terrible Mistake
There have been some rumblings that the Boston Red Sox may be a suitor for Tim Hudson. Signing Hudson would be a massive mistake for the Red Sox and could even set the team back some.
Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront are all under contract through at least the 2014 season, making starting pitching the last position the Red Sox need to upgrade via free agency.
Tim Hudson is 38 years old and suffered a season ending broken ankle that required a screw to be placed to stabilize the area and is targeting being healthy come Spring Training. The Red Sox do not need another older arm, especially when they have several prospects that are knocking on the door.
Adding Hudson would make it difficult to get the young arms much needed experience at the big league level. Matt Barnes will enter Spring Training with an outside shot at making the team as a fifth starter, with Anthony Ranaudo and Henry Owens both having real chances of getting a call up during the season.
The Red Sox would be much better served focusing on signing Brian McCann along with some help at first base and the outfield.
It looks like Jacoby Ellsbury will not be back next season, so adding a versatile outfielder should be a definite need given the center field job would likely go to Jackie Bradley Jr. who struggled at the plate last season.
Mike Napoli will likely get some interest from other teams this offseason, and he was very up and down during the year. So adding a first baseman should also come before even considering signing Tim Hudson.