Off the Market
One player who won't be able to take his 2010 performance to the bank is Braves righthander Tim Hudson (below). Slated to be a free agent this winter, Hudson instead signed a three-year, $28 million extension with Atlanta in November. At the time he had recently returned from Tommy John surgery, which had limited him to 184 1/3 innings over the previous two seasons. Hudson, 35, has bounced back with the best year of his career and has a 2.13 ERA in 24 starts. His ground ball rate (65.5%) is the highest of his career and the best in the majors among starting pitchers. He's also allowed the lowest rate of line drives (11.8%) of his 12-year career. That's how a pitcher with the lowest strikeout rate and lowest strikeout-to-walk ratio of his career can be a staff ace.