With today’s qualifying offer deadline, the MLB offseason is just getting started. Teams are being forced to make decisions on whether they’d like to protect certain players and potentially add a draft pick should they sign elsewhere.
In Atlanta, catcher Brian McCann is expected to receive the $14.1 million offer while starter Tim Hudson is not. The Braves have countered with a different one-year offer to Hudson’s representatives. But MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that Hudson is receiving interest from as many as 10 teams, with the Royals and Indians leading the pack.
Bowman writes that Cleveland manager Terry Francona spoke on the phone with Hudson earlier this week. The 38-year-old veteran misssed the final two months of the 2013 season with a fractured right ankle. If his rehab continues well, he could be cleared to resume throwing within the month.
The Indians extended a qualifying offer to Ubaldo Jimenez earlier today, but not Scott Kazmir. In the meanwhile, the team will likely be bargain hunting for an extra starting pitcher to go alongside the four pitchers locked into the 2014 rotation: Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar.
Hudson was 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this past year for the Braves. In his 15-year MLB career, he has a 3.44 ERA, 6.1 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9. He is a three-time All-Star. He seems like a solid player for the Indians to target, although his price tag is a bit uncertain at the moment.
Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.