Hudson traded to Dodgers ?

<b>ANAHEIM – </b> A deal that will send Oakland Athletics starter Tim Hudson to the Los Angeles Dodgers is considered all but done, and an announcement may come as soon as Sunday afternoon.

The deal, first reported by the Contra-Costa Times, will net the Athletics right-hander Edwin Jackson and minor league infielder Antonio Perez.

"From everything I've heard, those reports are accurate," a source told Scout.com.

While Hudson told MLB.com that he hadn't heard anything about the trade as of Sunday morning, it is believed the two sides have hammered out particulars behind closed doors.

If the reports are accurate, the package that Beane has swung for Hudson is one that can help the small-market Athletics down the road.

The Dodgers have been extremely high on Jackson in the past and have envisioned him as a piece of their starting staff for the better part of two years, but he struggled last year both on the field and due to injury, going 2-1 with a 7.30 ERA in eight major league games. Things weren't much better at Triple-A, where Jackson went 6-4 with a 5.86 ERA in 20 games.

Perez has a good shot of stepping in as Oakland's starting second baseman in 2005. He hit .296 with six homers and 22 RBI in 125 games at Triple-A in 2004.

Hudson has one year remaining on his contract with Oakland at a reasonable value of $6.5 million, but the Athletics are unlikely to have the flexibility needed to re-sign him beyond the 2005 season. Hudson asked A's GM Billy Beane for a trade earlier in the month, according to reports, and a number of teams showed interest this weekend.

But while the St. Louis Cardinals (who offered Dan Haren and Rick Ankiel) were the most willing to give up talent before the apparent Dodgers offer, several other clubs got cold feet when negotiating for Hudson. The Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies were all linked to trade talks.


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