Many athletes who make public prior to the season their plan to retire after the season eventually change their mind, but Giants right-hander Tim Hudson says he’s not one of them.
Hudson told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:
This is definitely my last year, for sure. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the right time for me and my family.
Hudson hit a home run last night, which is a helluva feat for a 40-year-old pitcher, but on the mound he’s mostly been injured and ineffective for the Giants with a 4.51 ERA in 110 innings.
Hudson still throws strikes and induces plenty of ground balls, so he’d no doubt be able to keep playing on a cheap one-year deal as a back-of-the-rotation starter somewhere, but after 17 seasons, four All-Star games, and 3,113 innings of 3.49 ERA pitching it sounds like he’s ready to call it a career.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.