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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Hudson hardly envisioned his career crossing the country once more to bring him back to the Bay Area.
“I’d like to start out by saying we’re really excited to come back to the bay. This is where I started my career,” Hudson said. “Making a trip back across the country quite honestly isn’t something I anticipated a couple years ago. When the Giants were interested in me, I quickly realized it was going to be a definite possibility.”
While Hudson had a hard time deciding to leave the Braves _ the team he grew up cheering _ he understood this would be a great opportunity with a franchise that won the World Series in 2010 and `12. His two daughters were born in the Bay Area.
Hudson had a physical Monday, and the team announced the agreement Tuesday.
“Once we got the physical squared away, there was no question he was going to become a Giant,” said general manager Brian Sabean, who credited the pitcher for his swift decision.
Hudson made his major league debut with the Athletics in 1999 and went 92-39 in six seasons with Oakland, where the right-hander teamed with Mark Mulder and Barry Zito to form a successful “Big Three.”
The 38-year-old went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this season for Atlanta. His season was cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery. The Braves earlier this month declined to make a qualifying offer to Hudson, who won 49 games during the previous three seasons.
While he hasn’t begun running on the ankle yet, he had a screw removed last week and expects to be full strength for spring training.
“The ankle’s coming along just fine, not quite 100 percent right now but it’s well on its way,” he said. “I anticipate in the next month or so start throwing bullpens.”
San Francisco, which missed the playoffs this year, is seeking another starter to join Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum in a rotation losing Zito and probably also free-agent righty Ryan Vogelsong.
“They have a ton of talent here, I was excited to join this rotation,” Hudson said. “They’re really good. They probably don’t need my help.”
Hudson was drafted by the A’s in the sixth round of the 1997 amateur draft out of Auburn.
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