Change was catalyst for NL Comeback Player of the Year finalists

Tim Hudson, Casey McGehee, Edinson Volquez nominated for Players Choice Award

Change was a catalyst for all three finalists for the Players Choice Award for the National League's top comeback player in 2014.

At age 38, Tim Hudson, who leads active players with 214 career wins and 13 shutouts, signed with San Francisco after nine seasons with Atlanta and returned to mid-career form. He helped the Giants to a second-place finish in the NL West and made his fourth All-Star Game appearance.

Hudson had a 3.87 ERA over 189 1/3 regular-season innings, his highest total since 2011, providing San Francisco with another reliable veteran in its rotation.

Casey McGehee is actually coming off a great 2013 season, but he had that season in Japan, batting .292 with 28 homers and 93 RBIs to help the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title. After that, he signed with the Marlins.

McGehee, a blue-collar player from California who played with four teams over his five previous MLB seasons, batted .287 with 29 doubles and a career-high 76 RBIs for the Marlins. He also led NL third basemen in fielding percentage (.979) and double plays (34).

Edinson Volquez was released by the Padres in 2013 after a stretch in which his earned-run average increased to 6.01. Signed by the Pirates as a reclamation project over the winter, Volquez worked with pitching coach Ray Searage on his delivery, and catcher Russell Martin worked with him on quickening his pace.

It resulted in a return to All-Star form for the 31-year-old right-hander. He went 13-7 with a career-best 3.04 ERA and led the Pirates with 32 starts.

The winner of the NL Comeback Player of the Year award will be unveiled on Monday, Nov. 3, when the Players Choice Awards show is televised at 8 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

Click HERE for the complete list of 2014 Players Choice Awards finalists.

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