Tim Hudson has let some former teammates know he thinks he could get dealt. Watch Texas, Boston, San Fransisco...— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 5, 2013
It's no secret the Braves could be looking to deal a starting pitcher within the next month if Brandon Beachy is able to get the tenderness in his elbow to go away. It's always been a possibility that Huddy would be traded, but it would really surprise me.
From a baseball perspective, Hudson seems like the right guy to let go of. His 4.22 ERA is the worst on the team by a substantial margin, although his 3.82 FIP is solid. He will be a free agent at the end of the year and is almost guaranteed to not re-sign with the club. And with zero bullpen experience in his career, it doesn't seem Hudson is a legitimate option to serve a seventh or eighth inning role.
There are other considerations, though.
Hudson has 10-and-5 rights meaning he can veto any trade. He has been with the club since 2005 and is a beloved member in the clubhouse. It's also always a risky proposition when a playoff contender starts shipping off starting pitchers a month before the race for the pennant really heats up. What happens if Beachy re-injures himself or someone else is lost for the year? No offense to Alex Wood, but is he really the guy you want starting a key game in Washington with a slight lead in the division standings? Probably not.
We'll see what comes of this. I'd be surprised if a deal went down, but you never know. The trade deadline is less than four weeks away.
Update: Mark Bowman tweets that Hudson shot Gammons' rumor down in the clubhouse without being asked and said there's no basis. Take that for what you will.