we aren't 24-56 because we didn't sign Hudson.
we're 24-56 because we went into this season with the worst bullpen on the face of the planet, an Olsen with a dead arm, one of the worst starting pitchers in all of baseball, no Outfielders who could adequately man CF to cover for Dunn in LF, handing the starting RF job to a bum who just happened to be "hot" against spring training scrub pitchers and got everyone's hopes up again, and a dumb ass manager who doesn't hold his players accountable for their play and stubbornly relies on his favorites even when they suck. and a Front Office that takes WAY too long to realize when something isn't working and to pull the plug on it.
fact is, if the Lerners had "just spent some money" and signed Hudson...we'd still have had ALL the problems listed above.
Signing Hudson would have been the right thing to do as long as they did it early in order to show that they were serious and gone after pitching that we needed.
Not signing Hudson is simply part of the pattern - the same pattern that had them waiting until the last minute to sign Dunn, the same pattern that had them rely upon a crappy bullpen, the same pattern that had them not sign decent pitching, and the same pattern that led them to rely upon the likes of Daniel Cabrera and not have anything in place to cover for a rough start from pitchers like Olsen and others.
This team's record is directly related to the fact that we have 16 blown saves. Signing one guy would not have made a difference. The fact that we were in a position to blow that many games and not in a position to win enough of the other games is directly related to a pattern of assembling a roster with glaring pitching and defensive weaknesses. They once again chose to enter a season and roll the dice on a big gamble that a few guys could be depended on. A month later, the likes of a Hanrahan, Cabrera, and a poor performing Scott Olsen had tanked the season, and this FO had done nothing to shore up the roster ahead of time to guard against it.
Hudson, plus a couple of legitimate relievers, plus a veteran starter, minus Cabrera, would have had a different result.