Dodgers To Exercise Club Option On Daniel Hudson

The Dodgers will exercise their $6.5MM club option for next season on reliever Daniel Hudson, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (Twitter link). Los Angeles and Hudson have agreed to tack on an additional team option valued around $6.5MM for the 2024 campaign as well, Passan adds.

Hudson returns for a second season in L.A. after signing a one-year guarantee last winter. That deal paid the veteran a $6MM salary for this season and came with a $6.5MM option or a $1MM buyout for next year. That left the Dodgers with a $5.5MM decision to make based on Hudson’s performance this year. The 35-year-old looked well on his way to making that an easy call, dominating opposing hitters for the first two and a half months.

Over 25 appearances, Hudson tallied 24 1/3 innings of 2.22 ERA ball. His peripherals were similarly dominant. He fanned 30.9% of opposing hitters and generated swinging strikes on a whopping 16.3% of his total offerings. Hudson’s average fastball checked in north of 97 MPH, and his high-80s slider was an excellent cutaway offering. Hudson also induced ground-balls at an excellent 53.4% clip and rarely dished out free passes.

By virtually any measure, the right-hander was one of the more dominant late-game arms in the game. He picked up nine holds and carved out a key high-leverage role for skipper Dave Roberts, positioning himself among the most important bullpen pieces on the club. Unfortunately, Hudson’s stellar year was cut short in late June, when he tore the ACL in his left knee while trying to get off the mound to field a weakly-hit grounder.

More to come.

Published at Thu, 22 Sep 2022 22:15:36 +0000