The Boston Red Sox are interested in free-agent pitcher Tim Hudson, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com reports via Twitter.
Heyman notes that Boston is one of many clubs that have inquired about the 38-year old who is recovering from a broken ankle that he suffered back in July.
As noted in Heyman’s piece, the interest appears to be mutual between the Red Sox and the long-time Atlanta Braves hurler, citing that his relationship with David Ross and the desire to win a championship makes Boston an intriguing option.
But the baseball insider is quick to point out that Hudson has long been loyal to the Braves organization, having spent the last nine seasons in Atlanta, often taking an “under-market contract” as Heyman puts it.
The Braves did not extend a qualifying offer to Hudson making the pursuit an easier one for competing clubs knowing they won’t have to part ways with that precious first-round draft pick.
To hear of Boston’s interest is somewhat surprising given Hudson’s age and more importantly the fact that the Red Sox rotation currently has six competent arms vying for just five spots. Bringing Hudson into the mix all but means a trade involving a current starter would have to be made in order to accommodate the free-agent.
Heyman notes that a person familiar with the World Champions thinking said “they really want him.” Interesting to say the least.
More on this as it develops.