– MLB – Braves give Hudson four-year, $47M extension

The deal is oddly frontloaded — a $10 million signing bonus on top of this year’s $6.75 million salary — and backloaded — $13 million in both 2008 and 2009. In the middle, he’ll make “just” $4 million next year and $6 million the year after that. I assume there’s some reason for it. The Braves clearing payroll space to re-sign Furcal? Waiting for a Jones contract or two to run out at the end? I don’t know.