The Dodgers have signed reliever Daniel Hudson to a minor-league deal, according to Pedro Moura of The Athletic.
Hudson will be on his third team in a matter of six weeks The 31-year-old right-hander was traded from the Pirates to the Rays on Feb. 22 in which Pittsburgh acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson. Hudson only lasted 34 days with Tampa Bay, as he was released by the club on March 28 after having a horrible spring training in which he posted a whopping 15.19 ERA, a 2.44 WHIP and a .348 batting average against in 5 1⁄3 innings pitched across seven appearances.
However, the Dodgers are getting Hudson, a veteran of eight seasons, on the cheap because the Pirates and Rays are combining to pay him $5.5 million this season ($4.5 million from Tampa Bay, $1 million from Pittsburgh). In regards to his deal with the Dodgers, Hudson “will earn $25,000 per month in the minors and has multiple opt outs in April,” a source told our MLB Insider Chris Cotillo. The Dodgers have him as an insurance policy in case one of their relievers gets hurt.
As for Hudson, he will try to crack a big-league roster and redeem himself after having a subpar year in Pittsburgh. Hudson went 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.46 ERA in 61 2⁄3 innings pitched in 71 appearances. Before he was in Pittsburgh, Hudson spent parts of six seasons with the Diamondbacks, posting a 33-21 mark and a 3.88 ERA as a starter and reliever in 190 appearances. During that time, he underwent surgery on his UCL twice, the first time in 2012 and the second time in 2013.