Finally, Some Worth While Free Agents Sign In The MLB 2013 Winter!

With his career winding down and Tim Hudson being 38 years old, will he be able to recover from a gruesome ankle injury in 2014. Should the Braves resign him for depth in the rotation - or cut ties outright? Mr. Hudson will need   He was 114 - 72 (.611) in 9 seasons with the Braves.

With his career winding down and Tim Hudson being 38 years old, will he be able to recover from a gruesome ankle injury in 2014 with the SF Giants?  Mr. Hudson was 114 – 72 (.611) in 9 seasons with the Braves – with a 3.56 ERA.  He will make his return to the Bay Area in California, where he started his 1st 6 years with the Oakland A’s.

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After playing Baseball Stars 1 and 2 on my old Nintendo Entertainment System for 3 weeks, I was happy to receive my baseball fix from the MLB once again..

Yesterday, a slew of Free Agents signed.. Okay… not true….2 noteworthy players inked deals to prolong their careers.

I am talking about Tim Hudson signing a 2 YR/$23 MIL with the Giants, and Carlos Ruiz, signing a 3 Year Deal worth potentially $26.5 MIL, with a Team Option for a 4th year at $4.5 MIL.

Tim Hudson’s 2013 Season Ending Ankle Injury – Not for the weak of heart!

Carlos Ruiz is a fan favorite among Phillies fans. He is known as Chooch.  Ruiz missed the first 25 games of the season because he tested positive twice for a banned stimulant. Ruiz had three slash line of .325/.394/.935 in 2012, before slowing down to a .268/.328/.688 mark in 2013.  The Phils need him more for his defense, but he will be a welcomed addition on the offense, as a contact hitter who can take a walk.

Carlos Ruiz is a fan favorite among Phillies fans. He is known as Chooch.
Ruiz missed the first 25 games of the season because he tested positive twice for a banned stimulant. Ruiz had three slash line of .325/.394/.935 in 2012, before slowing down to a .268/.328/.688 mark in 2013. The Phils need him more for his defense, but he will be a welcomed addition on the offense, as a contact hitter who can take a walk.  Signing him to a 3 Year Deal is a little bit risky for a 34 Year Old Catcher, but if you look at guys who may have replaced him if he didn’t come back, the option to retain was the best move.

With apologies to Skip Schumaker  with doing a deal with the Reds, or Nick Punto changing California teams  with the A’s (why did Beane sign that guy for $3 MIL, but you watch – Punto will hit .300 for the Athletics knowing the Moneyball’s man FA luck), the big signing was definitely Hudson.

Essentially, you have the Barry Zito contract (woulda been $18 MIL) with Hudson, when you count the $7 MIL Buyout for the former LHP for the A’s – with his old RHP A’s teammate making $11 MIL in 2013.

It is a stellar move.  I like the aggressiveness of Giants brass stepping up on this move.  Hudson just needs to have good #4 Starter numbers in SF.

The club should still take a flier on a guy like Josh Johnson, Phil Hughes, or even their own reclamation project in Ryan Vogelsong to compete for the 5th spot.

Hughes would be a decent guy to covet, because he could also throw down pitches from the Bullpen.

But this blog is about Hudson – and what he has left.

The 38 Year Old from Columbus, GA has authored a fine Career from his 15 seasons in the MLB – pitching for both Oakland and Atlanta.

While his numbers have been trending up for ERA, moving to AT @ T Park may just be what the doctor ordered.  A pitcher’s park, where he can miss with his pitch, and have it remain in the yard.

The fact he spent 6 years with Oakland – will make this like a homecoming for him too.

If I were San Fran, I would also monitor his Innings, to try to keep him fresher down the stretch – and possibly for the Post Season.

This move also shows that the Giants aren’t intimidated by the Dodgers wild spending spree the last few seasons, and they intend to match up with the Los Angeles club – at least on Starting Pitchers in the rotation.

Hudson is reported to have made great progress from that broken ankle, but those things can still be a tricky deal.

What Sabean has done, is line up Tim Lincecum and Tim Hudson together on two – year deals, that will free up a bunch of money coming off of the payroll for the start of the 2016 season.

Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner will both need to lead the rotation as #1 and #2 Pitchers in my view, but it may just be the #3 through 5 Starters that may determine how far San Fran can go with the NL.

Carlos Ruiz knows Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, and the rest of the pitching staff, so this is a good resign.

The club may not know if Ruiz can rebound from his 2013 offensive year, but they were not willing to shake the dice on the Catchers market that was out there.

With A.J. Pierzynski and Brian McCann being the only better Catching options the Philliues had to improve offensively, this move makes sense.

Ruiz is a Right Handed batter in lineup full of LHB, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown.  Both Pierzynski and McCann were LHB.

Chooch had an off-year in 2013, hitting for an OPS of .688.  That is much different from 2010 – where he had a mark  of .847, followed up by a 2011 OPS of .754 – before establishing a Career High of .935 in 2012.

Ruiz, at age 34, is probably closer to his career 3 Slash of .268/.325/.770 than any of those campaigns.

Another aspect of liking the signing – is that the rest of the team has about as much patience at the plate, as a dog has to mow down human food in their dog dish.

Ruiz walks, hits well with 2 outs, and puts the bat on the ball consistently without Striking out.  Some of his teammates make is striking out about as normal as an ace PBA bowler at the end of their 10th frame.

He adds a little bit of zag, when everyone else is zagging.

For the most part, this is a veteran laden club.  Their best chance to compete for anything next year may remain on health, and if Domonic Brown and Darin Ruf can put up monster power numbers.

Amaro JR. is protecting the sanctity of the teams last NL championship in 2008, and last appearance in 2009, by keeping the gang for one more run.

Lets just hope it doesn’t all end like it did in 2011 – when fans had to watch Ryan Howard hobble down to first, but this time it maybe in  the regular season, without an NLCS Appearance 1st.

With signing Marlon Byrd and bringing back Veteran Catcher is Amaro done with the team's offensive lineup?  If he is then he better hope these guys all miss the injury bug in 2014, or it can be the 4th installment series of the "Bad News" Bears.  The Phillies are keeping their aging nucleus together in hopes of putting up one more run at the World Series - and keep attendance/TV ratings in the Philly area.

With signing Marlon Byrd and bringing back Veteran Catcher is Amaro done with the team’s offensive lineup? If he is then he better hope these guys all miss the injury bug in 2014, or it can be the 4th installment series of the “Bad News” Bears. The Phillies are keeping their aging nucleus together in hopes of putting up one more run at the World Series – and keep attendance/TV ratings in the Philly area.

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