Now, take all of this with a grain of salt since he is trying to sell a book, but here's some highlights of what I heard:
- He remembered a moment last year when he was watching the playoffs with Hudson. They were watching the NLCS, and Husdon apparently commented that "the Cardinals were a real team." He clarified that Hudson was fed up with being on an A's team that never quite had all of the pieces because "the owners wouldn't support them."
- Hudson's definining moment last year was when he outpitched the Cards only to have his bullpen cost him the game. From that day on, Irvin said that Hudson went from being reserved yet tenacious to vocal and tenacious, calling out his teammates for the first time in his career.
- Hudson has told him privately (and now it's on KMOX ) that he likes the Cards so much that he would take less money to play in St. Louis.
- Lastly, he mentioned that Beane has not said that there is any viable offer coming for Hudson, and that is frustrating Hudson because - if he's going to get traded - he wants to know where he's going now.
My take on the interview was this:
Hudson really is fed up with nothing coming from Beane about trading him, so he's sent out his "PR" guy to start stiring up the trade talk rumors right as the winter meetings get underway. Why else would the guy mention that he would come to St. Louis for less? I think Hudson is telling Walt to make a move for him, and he's not being so quiet about it.
Did anyone else catch this interview? What do you think?