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.