Tim Hudson is beating the drum for a contract extension in Atlanta, bringing up the phrase “hometown discount” in reference to possibly turning his $12 million option for 2010 into a multi-year deal instead (from MLB.com):
“I would be glad if they picked up the option,” Hudson said. “But it’s one of those things if they want to discuss not picking it up and maybe going a few years out at some kind of whatever hometown discount, that’s something I’d obviously be willing to discuss with them.”
Hudson has pitched well so far since returning from Tommy John surgery, going 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts.
But the Braves are not exactly hurting for starting pitching and would probably have to deal either Javier Vazquez or Kenshin Kawakami – who have both had nice seasons – in order to afford even a discounted Hudson.
But when you consider how well Hudson is liked within the Braves organization, you’d like to think something could get done.
The Nationals made a handful of roster decisions on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Pitcher Wander Suero was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and 1B/OF Matt Adams was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left index finger. With the two open roster spots, the Nationals recalled pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Syracuse to start against the Orioles and added recently-acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera to the roster.
Adams, 29, was hit on the hand attempting to lay down a bunt on Friday. He has been quite productive for the Nationals this year, batting .275/.351/.575 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in 171 plate appearances.
Adams was splitting time at first base with Mark Reynolds. Daniel Murphy drew starts at first base over the weekend, so it could be a Reynolds/Murphy split there now with Wilmer Difo remaining at second base.
In his major league debut on June 3, the 24-year-old Rodriguez pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jeremy Hellickson, who lasted just one-third of an inning. Tuesday’s start will be his first at the big league level. At Double-A Harrisburg this season, Rodriguez posted a 3.31 ERA with a 72/28 K/BB ratio in 68 innings.