Tim Hudson “definitely leaning” toward retirement after the 2015 season

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Giants starter Tim Hudson said in February that he was “definitely leaning” toward retiring at the end of the 2015 season. Hudson still has that same feeling three months later in this latest report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Hudson, 40 in July, would like to spend more time with his family. But his wife Kim said she wouldn’t try to influence her husband’s decision, and Tim wouldn’t rule out pitching in 2016 if he’s still healthy and productive. He signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Giants in November 2013 and it expires after the season, which would make him a free agent.

Hudson has posted a 3.91 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP and a 13/7 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings to begin the season. He’s scheduled to start next at home against the Angels on Saturday.

Braves sign reliever Will Smith to three-year, $39 million contract

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The Braves announced on Thursday that the club has inked lefty reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract with a club option for the 2023 season worth $13 million. Smith received a qualifying offer worth $17.8 million from the Giants, so he opted for a lower average annual value for a longer contract.

Smith, 30, was an All-Star last season with the Giants, finishing with 34 saves, a 2.76 ERA, and a 96/21 K/BB ratio across 65 1/3 innings. Across parts of seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.53 ERA.

Smith, the top free agent left-handed reliever, will join a strong Braves bullpen which already includes Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, and Sean Newcomb.