This article may be a little late, but it’s still relevant (at least in this writer’s opinion) because signing Tim Hudson was an absolutely, positively GREAT signing.
Why was it so absolutely positively great? Because it means the San Francisco Giants have accepted their current position as a #2 or #3 (depending on what you think of the Arizona Diamondbacks – personally, I don’t think much) finisher in the National League West.
Whoa! A Giants fan and writer who is accepting #2 before Spring Training even starts? Listen, I would love to be wrong, and maybe the even-year thing will prove to be true. If that’s the case, fantastic. If not, there’s always next year. And that year…that is the year we should be excited about.
Hudson buys the Giants two things: time and experience.
Time is important because your 2014 Giants are in-between new talent. This team has looked almost exactly the same for 2 years now (2012, 2013), going on 3 (2014). But when you looked ahead, you see a whole new generation of Giants, specifically pitchers, coming through those doors and onto the field by the bay. They just need to find a way to stay steady, try and win a few more games than last year, and then, in 2015 and 2016, start to make some real changes. Hudson (and even Tim Lincecum and now Ryan Vogelsong) do just that. They’re gap-fillers. Plugging the holes until this new wave of pitchers comes through. Buying time for one to two more years.
In addition to buying time until the new guys show up, Hudson provides a TON of veteran experience. 15 seasons, over 2800 innings, NL and AL, 3-time All Star, 3.44 career ERA, the list goes on and on. Who better to welcome the next wave of Giants pitchers than a guy like Hudson? An experienced vet who is a known “clubhouse guy” to help teach and break the rookies into the majors. It’s a win-win.
So let the haters hate and the naysayers naysay. Everyone who wanted Masahiro Tanaka (he may not even play MLB now) or another high-priced, flashy starter (although personally I’d love to see Ubaldo Jiminez in a Giants uniform), don’t you worry. Sit tight for one more, maybe two years, and then you’ll have a starting staff filled with young flashy arms at mere fractions of the cost.
And you know what? After we’ve accepted #2 or #3 for another year or two, we’ll have that staff of cheap arms and the Giants can go out and spend whatever they want on that power-hitting left fielder we’ve been craving since Barry Bonds waved goodbye.
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