Tim Hudson reportedly telling former teammates he could be traded

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Could Huddy really be on his way out after eight years in Atlanta? He thinks so.

Just a couple of minutes after it was reported Tim Hudson would be pushed back in the rotation one day for Paul Maholm to start tonight in Philadelphia, Peter Gammons dropped this nugget on Twitter.

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.

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