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Tim Hudson Wants to Finish His Career as an Atlanta Brave

October 17th, 2012 at 11:27 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

Tim Hudson has spent the last eight seasons with the Atlanta Braves, and he has expressed a desire to finish his career in Atlanta.

The Braves will likely pick up Hudson's $9 million team option for next season, but Hudson hopes to discuss an extension that would allow him to remain with the Braves for the duration of his career.

"I'd love to stay here," Hudson said. "Obviously for next year, but I'd love to stay here as long as they'll have me. I understand a business is a business."

Hudson had back surgery almost a year ago and actually started the year on the disabled list as he recovered. He still managed to record 16 wins along with a 3.62 ERA, despite battling an ankle injury for the last half of the season.

"I'm hoping Huddy comes back," Braves pitcher Kris Medlen said. "I hope they pick [up the option]. He won 16 games for us and missed a month. That just shows how much we need him and how good he is."

It remains to be seen whether the Braves will talk to Hudson about an extension in the offseason. While his ERA has risen over the past couple of seasons, he still has a great groundball percentage and is one of the top pitchers in the league in slugging percentage allowed.

"That may not be something they want to entertain at this moment," Hudson said of the extension. "They've got the one option for next year and they might want to wait and see [beyond that]. I feel like the conversation is warranted, I guess."

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