Tim Hudson was going to the World Series no matter what

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Back when Tim Hudson signed with the Giants this offseason the common belief was that he turned down an offer to reunite with the A’s to do so. That may have been true, but Hudson revealed during today’s media session that the Royals actually made him a “very good offer.”

Or as Hudson put it: “My odds of getting to the World Series were pretty good this year.”

Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million deal with the Giants on November 18 and three days later Jason Vargas signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Royals, so presumably those two situations were related.

Hudson ended up throwing 189 innings with a 3.57 ERA, whereas Vargas threw 187 innings with a 3.71 ERA. Who knows what would have happened in the alternate reality where Hudson chooses Kansas City–there’s the whole butterfly effect thing looming, of course–but everyone involved is probably pretty happy with how things worked out.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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