KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ With the days ticking away before a self-imposed deadline, Tim Hudson's agent is hopeful of working out a contract extension with the Atlanta Braves.

Hudson, who was acquired from Oakland in mid-December, is entering the final year of his contract.

The right-handed pitcher doesn't want to be distracted with money talk during the season, so he set a March 1 deadline _ next Tuesday _ for working out an extension.

His agent, Paul Cohen, said Thursday that Hudson is sticking to the deadline but talks are ongoing.

``We had a bunch of different conversations with the Braves. They've been positive,'' Cohen said. ``Obviously, we're apart financially. We'll continue to have discussions. I think there's a chance it could get done.''