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.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.