Tim Hudson is “pretty sure” he’ll retire after 2015

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Tim Hudson has one year remaining on his contract with the Giants and the 39-year-old right-hander said today that he plans to retire after the season.

Via the Associated Press, here’s what Hudson said during an event at his alma mater, Auburn University:

I have one more year left on my contract, so I’m pretty sure that’s going to be it after this season. I just started my workouts yesterday, which is kind of crazy to me. Just two weeks ago I was still playing and here I am having to get back ready for next season again.

I guess that’s the price you pay when you play that late into the season come playoff time. But I’m going to work my tail off this offseason to get ready to go on to spring training in as good a shape as I can be and hopefully finish (next) season strong. It’s been an unbelievable career for me.

Hudson, who threw 189 innings with a 3.57 ERA in 31 starts, added that winning the World Series this year brings him “some solid closure” to his career after previously never advancing past the first round of the playoffs.

He’ll make $12 million in 2015.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.