LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly agreed to enter into a deal with emergency pitcher Daniel Hudson. The deal, which is worth $ 7 million over a year, was first reported by Jeff Passan of ESPN.
The move falls in the shadow of the insanity that has been MLB-free agency for the past 36 hours, with the Dodgers watching both Max Scherzer and Corey Seager move on to new franchises.
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Hudson spent parts of 2021 with both the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres, where he played a total of 54 appearances. He had a 3.31 ERA over 51.2 innings, hit 75 batteries and went only 16.
He throws a high-90s fastball, with off-speed lanes above average to compliment – especially his hard slider, which he often throws. He also occasionally mixes a changeup and a sinker. Hudson expects to emerge from the bullpen late in the game, but is not a traditional closer, with only 27 saves throughout his career.
The addition of Hudson likely means the Dodgers will be out on at least one of their relievers who have become free agent – especially Corey Knebel (who has recently been linked with the Phillies) Jimmy Nelson and Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers also rejected their 2022 option on Joe Kelly, meaning it is unlikely they will bring him back.
This would be Hudson’s second stay as a Dodger when he was a member of the team in 2018, when he had a 4.11 ERA over 46.0 innings.
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Since then, Hudson has been much more reliable out of the bullpen, appearing in 144 games over the last three seasons – with a respectable 3.28 ERA to start.
However, the second half of 2021 did not treat Hudson well as his ERA rose to 5.21 as a member of the Padres, from the 2.20 it was at the Nationals in the earlier part of the year.
Dodgers fans will also remember Hudson from his performance in the 2019 Postseason with the Nationals, when he played three appearances out of the bullpen – kept Boys in Blue scoreless over 2.2 innings, and also earned a save in Game 2.
He earned four saves throughout the off-season and was the man on the mound in the decisive matches in both the NLCS and World Series victories for Washington.
Hudson, 34, has now in his 12th MLB season also pitched for the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays. He began his career as a starting pitcher before settling into an emergency role in 2015. However, he made 33 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2011, a year in which he had a 3.49 ERA with 16 wins and 169 strikeouts. He also won a Silver Slugger that season.
During his 12 seasons, Hudson has played 454 games and his career WAR is 5.8. He has thrown 719 strikeouts in 765 innings.