Tomorrow is another pretty cool trade anniversary for the Braves in recent memory. On December 16th, 2004, the Braves traded pitchers Dan Meyer and Juan Cruz and outfielder Charles Thomas for Tim Hudson. In a move where the Athletics moved off several key players like they could potentially do later this offseason, the Braves were a beneficiary.
Hudson would be an anchor for the Braves rotation for nearly a decade. Though he never was among the truly elite pitchers in the game (outside of 2010), Hudson consistently put the Braves in a position to win. Now in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, Hudson is one of seven under the radar candidates according to MLB.com. In reality, it seems to be a stretch to suggest Hudson will be a true Hall of Fame candidate any time soon. However, for an Atlanta franchise that did not have much success with consistent sources of value from its starting rotation for over a decade before 2018, Hudson was a big value for Atlanta.
While the J.D. Drew trade that sent away Adam Wainwright has been painful to look back at over the years, the success that was the Tim Hudson trade was a good move by Atlanta that only became more valuable over time.
- MLB Umpire Tripp Gibson made time to return to his hometown of Mayfield, Kentucky to help out in tornado relief efforts. It is a wonderful gesture, and Gibson is one of many who are doing all they can to help out those in need from this past weekend’s horrific events.
- The Phillies signed six players to minor-league contracts, including Cam Bedrosian, for the 2022 season.
- The San Diego Padres are looking to continue to fill out their coaching staff, and former standout third baseman Matt Williams could be a candidate.
- Though the Mariners were active before the MLB Lock Out began, the Mariners could remain active on multiple fronts once teams can again make moves.
- Over at FanGraphs, Ben Clemens looks at what teams are currently paying for players based on WAR.