The Diamondbacks are close to trading reliever Daniel Hudson, according to a report from Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Bob Nightengale of USA Today adds that no deal is expected today, and that three teams are interested in Hudson.
While the favorite to land Hudson is not yet known, an industry source indicates that the Mariners, Nationals and Indians are likely in play in talks. Recent reports linked the Mets to Hudson, though Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports New York is not closing in on a deal for the righty.
Hudson will likely be the second Diamondbacks reliever to be dealt this month, less than three weeks after Arizona sent Brad Ziegler to the Red Sox for two prospects. Arizona is said to be shopping Hudson and Tyler Clippard in advance of Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Hudson, 29, only allowed three earned runs through the end of May and looked like a prime trade candidate for Arizona before allowing 22 earned runs in 16.1 innings since June 1. His current ERA sits at the 6.08 mark in 37 innings, and his struggles have worsened as the season has progressed.
Hudson is a free agent at the end of the season, so it makes sense for the out-of-contention D-Backs to look to get at least something back for him at this juncture of the season. Multiple teams are in the hunt for relief pitching, and Hudson is considered a change-of-scenery candidate who may thrive in another city after getting off to a strong start this season.