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Daniel Hudson | Relief Pitcher | #41

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Old Dominion
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / CWS
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Daniel Hudson fanned all three batters he faced Friday in his appearance against the Rays.
While Tony Watson has been a little shaky thus far, Hudson has allowed just one run in four innings and posted an 8/0 K/BB ratio. We like his chances of opening up as the Pirates' closer. Mar 10 - 4:36 PM

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Daniel Hudson, who is contending for the closing gig in Pittsburgh, allowed a run in his inning against the Orioles on Saturday.

He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. Ideally, Hudson would have a strong spring and open the season as the Pirates' closer, allowing the team to use Tony Watson in more of a matchup role. Still, it remains to be seen how that will work out.
Feb 25 - 4:23 PM

Pirates signed RHP Daniel Hudson to a two-year, $11 million contract.

Hudson passed his physical on Monday morning in Pittsburgh, so the deal is already official. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports notes in his report (link below) that while Tony Watson is expected to begin 2017 in the closer role, Hudson could ascend to the ninth inning if Watson is traded before hitting free agency next winter. Hudson posted an ugly 5.22 ERA over 70 appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2016, but he pitched well aside from an ugly six-week stretch. He had a cool 3.86 ERA (107 ERA+) and 71 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings with Arizona in 2015. Hudson, who turns 30 years old in March, stands as an intriguing bounceback candidate in the Steel City.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 03:49:00 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hears that the Pirates are among the teams who have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Daniel Hudson.

They apparently have plenty of company, as Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Sunday that 16 teams have shown interest. Hudson posted an ugly 5.22 ERA over 70 appearances with the Diamondbacks this past season, but he still misses plenty of bats and throws hard. He's a logical buy-low in a talented field of free agent relievers.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 03:02:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that 16 teams have shown interest in Daniel Hudson.

Hudson finished with a 5.22 ERA last season, but he struck out nearly a batter per inning and makes for a fine bounce-back option on the relief market. It's been reported previously that the Cubs are one of the clubs that's displayed interest in the reliever.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 10:36:00 AM

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are one of several teams who have reached out to free agent reliever Daniel Hudson.

Forced to move to the bullpen after multiple Tommy John surgeries, Hudson showed some promise in 2015, but he struggled to the tune of a 5.22 ERA over 70 appearances this past season. Still, he throws hard and misses bats, so the Cubs see him as a potential upside play.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 11:06:00 AM

Daniel Hudson recorded a four-out save Wednesday against the Padres.

Hudson came into a 3-2 game in the eighth and retired all four batters he faced for his fourth save. He'll remain the favorite for saves in the Arizona pen the rest of the way.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 12:48:00 AM

Daniel Hudson pitched a scoreless ninth with a three-run lead for a save Monday against the Rockies.

The Diamondbacks had lost six in a row, giving up little to go on as far as trying to figure out their closer situation. Hudson, though, seems to be the guy they want there for the rest of the year. How many leads he'll get to protect is anyone's guess.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 01:52:00 AM

Given the save chance Friday, Daniel Hudson took a blown save after giving up a run against the Reds.

At least it was just the one run, which is better than the previous Diamondbacks closers had done of late. Manager Chip Hale indicated that Hudson and Randall Delgado would be his preferred late-inning relievers after Enrique Burgos blew his most recent chance. Delgado pitched a scoreless eighth tonight, so perhaps he'll get the next save chance now. Still, Hudson probably deserves one more chance, since he had been on quite the roll of late.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 01:41:00 AM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said late Wednesday that Daniel Hudson will likely be moved into a late-inning role.

Hale didn't officially anoint Hudson as the team's new closer, but it's a decent bet he gets the next save opportunity. Hudson earned his 17th hold of the season on Wednesday night against the Braves and has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run after struggling badly in July. Enrique Burgos, meanwhile, has surrendered seven earned runs over his last three innings of work, including four earned Wednesday versus Atlanta. Hale also mentioned Randall Delgado as a possible late-inning guy for the stretch run. Arizona's bullpen is such a mess.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 09:14:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale says the Diamondbacks are not expected to trade Daniel Hudson on Thursday.

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reported Thursday afternoon that the Diamondbacks were moving close to a Hudson trade, but it's apparently not all that close. Nightengale hears that the 29-year-old right-hander is drawing heavy interest from three different teams. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports Hudson will not be heading to the Mets.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 03:38:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets are not getting Daniel Hudson.

MLB.com's Steve Gilbert is hearing that the Diamondbacks are close to a trade involving Hudson and Mike Puma of the New York Post reported Thursday afternoon that the Mets had been showing interest, but the right-hander is not headed to Queens. Hudson, a 29-year-old impending free agent -- owns a rough 6.08 ERA in 37 innings this season out of the Arizona bullpen. He started the year in a great groove but has been getting hammered lately.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 03:27:00 PM

MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports that the Diamondbacks are close to trading Daniel Hudson.

Mike Puma of the New York Post reported earlier that the Mets have been showing interest, but it's not clear yet where the right-hander is headed. Hudson got off to a very nice start this season, but he has allowed 20 earned runs over his last eight innings. Maybe getting out of Arizona will help him a bit.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 03:10:00 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets have expressed trade interest in relievers Daniel Hudson, Jim Johnson, and Joe Smith.

They're probably looking at several other options too. Hudson was setting himself up as a valuable trade chip for the Diamondbacks earlier this summer, but he has allowed 25 runs -- 20 earned -- over his last eight innings of work. Johnson and Smith both have season ERAs in the 4.00s. This is dumpster-diving.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 01:35:00 PM

Daniel Hudson will be placed on the bereavement list prior to Tuesday's game.

Hudson's grandmother passed away, so he'll be gone from Tuesday until Friday. It's unclear who the D'Backs will bring up to replace him.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 01:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
4Gift Ngoepe
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Tyler Glasnow
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Juan Nicasio
5Antonio Bastardo
6Trevor Williams
7Wade LeBlanc
8Johnny Barbato