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Giants sign right-handed pitcher Tim Hudson to a two-year contract


The San Francisco Giants have signed three-time All-Star Tim Hudson to a two-year contract, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Hudson, 38, is a 15-year Major League veteran having played six seasons with the Oakland Athletics (1999-2004) and his last nine with the Atlanta Braves (2005-2013). During his 15-season career, Hudson has established himself as one of baseball's most consistent pitchers.

He went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA (58er, 131.1ip) in 21 starts last season for the Braves. He missed the last two-plus months of the season after the Mets' Eric Young Jr., who was trying to beat a throw to first base, accidentally stepped on Hudson's leg above the ankle, resulting in a fracture that ended his season. However, prior to his injury, he had gone 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA (21er, 69.1ip) and a 50-to-19 strikeout/walk ratio over a span of his final 10 starts from June 1 through July 24.

A three-time All-Star (2000, 2004, 2010), Hudson has gone 205-111 (.649) in 427 games (426 starts) throughout his career and is one of three active pitchers with 200-plus victories, joining CC Sabathia (205) and Roy Halladay (203). His .649 winning percentage ranks as the third-best among active pitchers behind Halladay (.659) and Jered Weaver (.653). Hudson has won 15-or-more games in eight of his 15 seasons and has posted a sub-4.00 ERA in 13 of 15 campaigns. 

He was named the 2010 Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year after going 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA in 34 starts for the Braves.

Hudson has been to the postseason six times throughout his career (2000-03 with Oakland and 2005, 2010 with Atlanta), going 1-3 with a 3.46 ERA (21er, 54.2ip) in 10 games (nine starts).

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