It appears 2015 will be Tim Hudson’s last. The Associated Press reported that the 4x All-Star said during an event at Auburn University—his alma matter—that “I have one more year left on my contract, so I’m pretty sure that’s going to be it after this season.”
If this season will truly be the end to Hudson’s career, what a career it has been. Drafted by the Oakland A’s in 1997, Hudson reached the majors in 1999. In Oakland, Hudson helped the A’s to 3 AL West titles from 2000-2003. In 2005, Hudson began a 9 year stint with the Atlanta Braves, in which he was a workhorse—pitching over 190 innings 5 of the 9 seasons. However, the Braves only made the playoffs twice over that nine year span. And of course, this past season with the Giants Hudson was a part of the World Champion Giants in his first career trip to the World Series.
Thus far over his 16 career MLB seasons, Hudson has pitched 3003 innings to the tune of a 3.45 ERA. With an fWAR of 50.0, Hudson currently ranks 1st among active MLB right handers and 3rd among all active Major League pitchers—only Mark Buehrle and CC Sabathia outrank him. The veteran also ranks 1st among all active pitchers in Wins—he has 214 of them—and 5th among all active pitchers in Strikeouts, with 2016.
The 39 year old ‘Huddy’ will make $12 million in 2015.