Kevin Price commentary: Are the Braves thinking about trading Tim Hudson?

July 5, 2013 

Peter Gammons, who is a well-respected baseball reporter who works for the MLB Network -- he has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame -- tweeted Friday afternoon that Tim Hudson was expecting to be traded.

Here is his tweet:

"Tim Hudson has let some former teammates know he thinks he could get dealt. Watch Texas, Boston, San Fransisco..."

Of course, the media covering the Braves went to Hudson before Friday night's game in Philadelphia to ask him about.'s Braves beat writer David O'Brien tweeted:

"Hudson said no truth to rumor that he told former teammates -- or anyone else -- that he thought he would or could get traded."

Friday was a day for Hudson news even before Gammons' tweet.

He was scheduled to start the series opener at Philadelphia Friday night. But the Braves announced early in the day that they would start Paul Maholm instead and move Hudson to tonight.

That would mean Maholm would start on his regular rest, while Hudson will have had two extra days of rest since his last trip to the mound June 29.

Hudson told reporters that he had received treatment on his neck earlier this week, according to, and that it was something that had been bothering him for about six weeks.

So Hudson will have to wait another day to try and put a stop to his 10-start winless drought that dates back to early May.

Hudson was upset last Saturday when he felt like he should have been left in a 4-4 game against Arizona.

"I would have liked the opportunity to have a decision," a clearly frustrated Hudson told "A hundred pitches, to me is not really a magic number to take you out of the game."

Perhaps it is not strange that the rumor mill swirled around Hudson on Friday.

Another Braves starter, Brandon Beachy, is set to return soon. When he does, the Braves will have six starters and will have to do something with the rotation. It is unlikely that the Braves will go to a six-man rotation, so someone will have to be traded or sent to the bullpen.

Julio Teheran and Mike Minor have been the two best starters this season, so neither one of them will be moved. Maholm and Hudson have both been inconsistent, so both are a possibility. Hudson would have to agree to the trade since he is a 10 and 5 player -- 10 years in the majors and five with his current team.

Kris Medlen spent more than half of last season -- after he came back from Tommy John surgery -- in the bullpen. He has already said he doesn't want to return to the bullpen.

If the Braves feel a need to ease Beachy back, he may be the choice to go to the bullpen. But he was the team's best starter last year before suffering an elbow injury.

With the rate pitchers are injured nowadays, however, it doesn't make a lot of sense for the Braves to trade anyone.

Kevin Price, 706-320-4493,

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