Steve at Bay Area Sports Guy has scooped the world before with the Buster Posey extension, and he's now reporting the Giants are close to signing Tim Hudson:
According to a source, the Giants are nearing a deal with Tim Hudson that could be announced as soon as today. The reported figures: two years and $23 million.
I believe him! He scoops good scoops. Also, I'm very much in favor of this deal, and I argued for something similar here. The annual value is high, but it fits with the one- and two-year plan the Giants are smartly pursuing to bridge the gap between now and then, where "now" is the weird quasi-win-now state of the Giants and their locked-up young players, and where "then" is when the handful of pitching prospects should be ready to graduate from the upper minors.
The last time the Giants signed a famous ex-Athletic, they won two World Series, and absolutely nothing bad happened. Will this follow the same path? Probably. It probably will.
More analysis to follow, but the Giants have a solid starting pitcher, and they're one step closer to not getting Ricky Nolasco for four years. That's a good thing.
Edit: Heyman is confirming.
tim hudson will have a deal with the #SFGiants, as reported.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 18, 2013