All that Tim Hudson-to-Boston talk from a few weeks ago was a little baffling, because the Red Sox really have no need for another 30-something veteran in a starting rotation that already has six experienced pitchers for five spots (not to mention some promising youngsters bounding up to the doorstep). So we attempted to make sense of it as best we could. Maybe they'll trade one of their current starters? Maybe they'll look at Hudson as kind of a part-time pitcher to reduce the strain on his aging arm? Maybe, maybe, maybe . . . ?
Well, you can stop twisting yourself into an analytical pretzel. It was never logical and now the speculation can come to an end. Hudson and the Giants have agreed on a two-year, $23 million contract, which means he's heading back to the Bay Area . . . albeit to San Francisco and not Oakland.
And the Red Sox won't have to worry about fitting seven pitchers into a five-man rotation.