After staying in the hunt for the first few months of the season, the Colorado Rockies faded down the stretch, finishing in the basement of the National League Central under first-year skipper and former shortstop Walt Weiss.
With Weiss rumored to be en route to a multi-year contract in the coming week, the team’s focus will soon shift to acquiring the talent necessary to contend in what has become on of the most contentious divisions in all of Major League Baseball.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post believes that free agent right-hander Tim Hudson could be a great middle-of-the-rotation piece for the Rockies to target this offseason.
Early prediction is that Atlanta’s Brian McCann signs with an American League team, giving him the opportunity to DH at the end of his contract. … A pitcher who could make sense for the Rockies? Tim Hudson. He’d fit perfectly in the middle of their rotation.
Hudson, 38, is known for his sinking pitches and his extraordinary ability to work out of tight jams, despite his increasing age. The right-hander went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA this season for the National League East champion Atlanta Braves, before a brutal leg injury ended his season early after making just 21 starts.
The former Oakland Athletics ace has finished in the top ten of the Cy Young voting of his respective league four times in his career, and has been named to three All-Star Games, as well. He has come to represent consistency in his career, as his velocity has diminished, but he still commands the strike zone as well as anyone when he is on.
In the hitter-friendly Coors Field, this sinkerballer could find a nice place to call home, finishing out a career that has resulted in over 200 wins, almost 1,900 strikeouts and over 400 starts.