Once upon a time Barry Zito and Tim Hudson were two parts of one of the best young pitching staffs in all of Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics. Years later their paths could have almost crossed again as rumors of the San Francisco Giants interest in Hudson surface. Zito of course faltered in the last few seasons and made the Giants regret the length they put on his long-term deal. All the while the Atlanta Braves looked like geniuses for signing the best long-term success story of that staff in Hudson.
It would be quite the strange occurrence for the Giants to woo Hudson away from the southeastern area of the country where he lives minutes away from Turner Field, but stranger things have happened. Hudson has pitched in the Bay Area before after all. Imagine the interesting situation if Zito vacates a position that is filled by his former teammate Hudson. That would be a story.
Aside from the story of course, the Giants could always use someone with the veteran consistency of Hudson. He is a great presence in the clubhouse and could push the team back towards success in the postseason just by his attitude on and off the field. Because of the decline of Zito, I don’t know what the Giants would be willing to do more than one season but they could make a big play for him by offering two or at least one season with an option or two. Again, stranger things have happened.