Tim Hudson close to 3-year deal with Braves

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ATLANTA (AP) - Pitcher Tim Hudson and the Atlanta Braves are
nearing agreement on a three-year contract.

Atlanta holds a $12 million option on the 34-year-old
right-hander, who was 2-1 with a 3.61 ERA in seven starts this
season after his return from elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

Hudson's agent, Paul Cohen, said the sides are getting closer to
a deal but that no agreement has been finalized.