The 37-year-old is expected to have his $9 million option picked up by the Braves for 2013, but any kind of contract extension will likely be determined by his performance next season.
"Honestly, I've never had any uncertainty going into an offseason," Hudson told braves.com. "I've always known where I was going to be the next year when I went into an offseason. But I'm a big boy. I can handle whichever way it goes."
An Alabama native who grew up watching Dale Murphy and Bob Horner, Hudson has strong roots in Atlanta and would like to stay there if at all possible, and he's made a good case so far.
Since being traded from the Oakland A's in 2004, Hudson has made 222 starts. That's the fifth most since the Braves arrived in Atlanta behind Phil Niekro, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. He has gone 105-65 with a 3.52 ERA even with missing a year to Tommy John surgery. He has also won at least 16 games in all of his three full seasons since Tommy John despite missing the first month of 2012 after offseason back surgery.
Aside from his injury ailments (Hudson also had to fight through bone spurs in his left ankle), Hudson was prone to giving up big innings this season. He allowed an inning of four or more runs in eight of his 28 starts after accomplishing the same in just two of his 33 starts in 2011.
Regardless, Hudson finished 2012 healthy and feeling like he can keep going.
"I still feel like I could play for a while," Hudson said. "It's all just a matter of what they want to do now and what is a fair price. They may want to wait to see how this year goes."
Hudson went 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA this season.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, MLB, Tim Hudson