With Mark Bowman saying flat out today that he thinks "Huddy will sign elsewhere," I think it's time that Timmy got his own thread for discussing his future.
I think we all sort of have a skewed viewpoint of Hudson since he's been in Atlanta so long and taken discounts to stay, but Matthew Pouliot of HardballTalk reminds us that Huddy could "get $15 million per season for one or two years" if he were to test the market. In a world where Hiroki Kuroda, who is older than Hudson and only somewhat better, will not even think twice before turning down a $14.1 million qualifying offer, and where Dan Haren gets $13 million for one year, let's not forget how much money Hudson would be leaving on the table if he came back to the Braves in the $8-9 million range.
And with David O'Brien telling us the other day that the Braves wanted to bring Hudson back at a "significantly lower" salary, it's starting to look more and more likely that Hudson heads elsewhere. I, for one, would be sad to see that since I think Hudson fits the Braves' needs perfectly, but his situation has definitely become one to watch.