Hudson signs with Giants, leaves NL East

Hudson signs with Giants, leaves NL East
November 19, 2013, 9:00 am
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Right-hander Tim Hudson has signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, taking him out of the National League East which is great news for the Nationals. 

Hudson pitched with the Braves from 2005 up until last season and for years tormented the Nats in particular. The 38-year-old is 16-5 all time against Washington with a 2.45 ERA. He's held that mark, along with a 1.086 WHIP, through a span of 198 innings vs. the Nats.

Hudson made 21 starts in 2013 before suffering a broken ankle in July, an injury that ended his season. Overall he wasn't spectacular with a 3.97 ERA, but each time he faced the Nats he was brilliant.

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Hudson saw the Nationals three times last year and allowed just two runs through 21 1/3 innings, all three times helping the Braves win. His ERA vs. the Nats in 2013 was 0.84.

The Giants will hope Hudson returns to form after the broken ankle. Originally it was thought to put his career in jeopardy given his age, but he passed a physical to secure the deal.

Hudson leaves the Braves rotation after being a mainstay for nine seasons. They will now tilt younger with Kris Medlen and Julio Teheran leading the way. 

Atlanta is also expected to let Brian McCann sign elsewhere after nine years with the team. That leaves Medlen as the Braves' most tenured player at the age of 28.

The Nationals are expected to be back as contenders in the NL East next season, and the Braves are going nowhere after winning in 2013. The rivalry between them should remain heated, but it will look a little different without Hudson and McCann if he also leaves.