Dodgers retain injured reliever Daniel Hudson with new one-year deal worth $6.5 million

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The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Daniel Hudson on a new one-year contract that will pay him $6.5 million next season with a club option through the 2024 season. The Dodgers previously held an option on Hudson for the exact same amount next year, meaning the additional club option is the team’s incentive to work out a new contract. (The exact value of the option depends on how many appearances he makes.)

Hudson, 35, Has not pitched since tearing his ACL in late June, was injured while going to field a swinging bunt against the Atlanta Braves. Prior to the injury, Hudson had performed admirably for the Dodgers. In 25 appearances, he averaged nearly one inning per pop while accumulating a 2.22 ERA (192 ERA+) and a 6.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He also recorded five saves.

“Hutty’s a guy we trust in a lot of different ways,” manager Dave Roberts said after the pitcher’s injury. “One of the leaders on the field, in the clubhouse, always doing the right thing and saying the right thing.”

Hudson has pitched as part of 13 major league seasons. During that time, he posted a 3.81 ERA (110 ERA+) and a 2.94 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He has made 479 appearances, including 61 starts early in his career, and has 32 saves. He has suited up for the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres. This marks his second stint with the Dodgers, having previously pitched for them in the 2018 season.

The Dodgers entered Thursday with a commanding 104-46 record. They have already won their ninth division title in 10 attempts in the National League West.

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