Predicting Cy success for Hudson, Big Unit

Tim Hudson and Randy Johnson lead a list of big-name players who will play in new leagues in 2005.

Originally Published: March 31, 2005
By Steve Phillips | ESPN Insider
This past offseason saw a tremendous amount of player movement; from a very compelling and active free-agent market to a few blockbuster deals. You need a scorecard to figure out who is playing for whom.

Over $1 billion was spent on free-agent players. Four of the five winningest pitchers switched leagues during the offseason. Twelve of the 37 batters who hit 30 or more home runs in 2004 will be wearing different uniforms in '05, as well.

Tim Hudson
AP Photo/Bob JordanTim Hudson takes over as the ace of the Braves' staff.
Some teams made huge acquisitions and recaptured the imagination of their fans, such as the Mets and Marlins. Some clubs filled holes created by free agency in creative and efficient ways, such as the Red Sox and Angels. The Yankees addressed their pitching with an eye on October. The A's retooled with an eye on the future as well, just a little later than this coming October. The young Twins got younger, while the old Giants got older.

Now that all of the players have a home, the challenge will be for them to perform and justify the dollars or talent given up to acquire them.