Braves act quickly to lock up Hudson


November 13, 2009

Tim Hudson agreed to a three-year, $28 million contract with the Braves on Thursday, giving the team a wealth of starting pitching and setting up a likely trade.

Hudson could have returned to the Braves under a $12 million option, but the sides focused on a longer deal after the right-hander showed he had overcome major elbow surgery.

His new deal calls for salaries of $9 million in each of the next three seasons, and the Braves get a $9 million club option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. If Hudson pitches at least 600 innings over the next three seasons, he would receive a $500,000 bonus after the 2012 season.

The pitcher said it took longer to schedule a physical than the actual negotiations.

"I did all I could do to get healthy and show them they could have confidence in me," said Hudson, who returned to start seven games late in the season after missing a full year. "They came to me with an opening offer that was more than fair."

The Braves have six starters under contract for next season: Hudson, Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson, Derek Lowe and Kenshin Kawakami.

•Former All-Star closer John Wetteland was resting at home after a trip to a Dallas-area hospital, where the Mariners say their bullpen coach was treated for an elevated heart rate.

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