Braves Pick Up Options on Hudson, McCann and Maholm

Tim Hudson warms up before a game

Tim Hudson has been a very consistent performer since joining the Braves

The Atlanta Braves have picked up the contract options on starters Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm, and on catcher Brian McCann.  No contract details were released.

The 37-year old Hudson had another big year in 2012, going 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA in 28 starts.  He tossed 179 innings while logging a solid 1.21 WHIP.  Hudson is 105-65 in his eight seasons with the Braves, and among pitchers with over 200 decisions he ranks 12th all-time.

McCann struggled with a shoulder injury throughout the 2012 season and only played 121 games.  He had surgery on his right shoulder October 16 and is scheduled to begin light workouts in four months.  It is hoped that McCann will be at full speed in six months.

The left-handed Maholm, 30, came to the Braves via a July trade and racked up a 3.54 ERA in 11 starts for Atlanta. He went 13-11 with a 3.67 ERA in 31 starts between the Braves and the Chicago Cubs in 2012. Maholm, who has averaged 184 innings pitched in his seven full Major League seasons, owns an overall career record of 66-84 in eight campaigns.