Dodgers close to reaching an agreement with Daniel Hudson

The Dodgers are about to reach an agreement on a one-year contract with a free reliever Daniel Hudson, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). It is expected to be worth around $7MM upon completion, according to Passan. Hudson is a client of Jet Sports Management.

If the deal is completed, this will be Hudson’s second time wearing the Dodger blue shirt. The right-hander also spent the 2018 season with Los Angeles, tossing 46 plays with a 4.11 ERA ball out of the bullpen. However, he’s gotten much better in two of the past three years, once again drawing the attention of the Dodgers’ main office.

Hudson splits the 2019 campaign between the Blue Jays and Nationals, combining for 73 frames with a 2.47 ERA. That doesn’t come with nearly as impressive peripherals, but the Nats saw enough to re-sign a two-year contract with the Virginia native. Hudson didn’t make a good pitch during the shortened 2020 campaign, struggling with both walking and running home on his way to an ERA of 6.10.

The veteran hurdler turned the tide in 2021, off to an incredible start. Hudson made 32 appearances with Washington in the first few months of the season, hitting an ERA as small as 2.20 with an elite 37.8% hit rate and a minuscule 5.5% walk rate. That made him a desirable trading chip, and Padres landed him a few days ahead of time.

Hudson didn’t maintain that level of success with San Diego for long. He allowed 13 runs (earned 11) in 19 innings against the Friars, nearly double his first-half walk rate. However, the 34-year-old continues to miss a lot of shots, and it looks like the Dodgers are betting that the hit and miss style will allow him to find more success across the board than he does. we did with San Diego.

In total, Hudson hit 51 2/3 rounds with a 3.31 ERA in 2021. His 35.7% hit rate and 15.7% hit rate are career best points, while His 97 MPH average fast ball speed hits a personal high. It’s likely that Hudson’s high-octane arsenal allows him to thrive as a late game pick for coach Dave Roberts, though crucially he continues to miss many bats. Hudson is a superb pitcher who is quite difficult to make contact with when the batters make the ball in play. That resulted in him surrendering 1.7 home players every nine games thrown over the past two years, a number slightly worse than the league average.

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Jake Nichol

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