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Braves want Tim Hudson back, won't make qualifying offer

The Braves have expressed an interest in bringing back recuperating veteran starter Tim Hudson, sources confirm.

The Braves probably don't see him as a staff ace anymore, but he is a beloved leader of a rather young clubhouse.

Hudson, 38, received a one-year offer from the Braves and also has received interest from the Indians and Royals, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. A native of Georgia who grew up in Alabama, he has stayed with the Braves before rather than seek the biggest deal.

Hudson was on his way to a solid season (8-7, 3.98) in 2013 when he was lost for the year to a rather gruesome ankle injury suffered on a play at first base at Citi Field against the Mets in late July.

Hudson won't receive a $14.1 million qualifying offer Monday, but could hope to possibly get somewhere close to the $9 million he made last year, esepcially if he's willing to leave. He is 205-111 with a 3.44 ERA in his career.

The Braves will, of course, make a qualfying offer to free-agent catcher Brian McCann, who's sure to find a much more lucrative multiyear deal elsewhere.

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