Former Toronto Blue Jays reliever and World Series champion Daniel Hudson is still available on the open market, however, Hudson is reportedly looking to cash in on a multi-year pact.
The Toronto Blue Jays signed Daniel Hudson after the pitcher was released from his minor-league contract by the Los Angeles Angels before the start of last season. The reliever would reassert himself north of the border and eventually wound up in Washington at the trade deadline as the Jays were unloading assets.
Hudson would then go on to record the final out in the World Series in what was undoubtedly a whirlwind season of emotions, to say the least.
Now the 32-year-old is attempting to cash in on his impressive efforts of 2019 by securing a multi-year pact in the neighborhood of $6 million per season according to MLB Trade Rumors.
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While in Toronto, Hudson went 6-3 with a 3.00 earned run average in 45 games for the Blue Jays. The right-hander really came into his own in a Nationals uniform going 3-0 with a 1.44 earned run average and six saves in 24 games following the trade. He became the Nationals most relied upon late-game option down the stretch for skipper Dave Martinez.
Hudson would eventually assume the closer’s role heading into the postseason pitching in nine games and earning four playoff saves during the Nationals historic run. A return north of the border is probably out of the question as Hudson has pitched himself out of the Blue Jays bullpen budget, especially when they can buy low on a reclamation project such as himself again this year.
It initially appeared that Hudson would re-up with Washington, however, management appears to be balking at a one-year offer for the relievers services. Hudson can surely appreciate the ups and downs of a veteran reliever and will attempt to maximize the financial windfall as much as can coming off his impressive campaign.
The Jays acquired minor-leaguer Kyle Johnston at the deadline in exchange for Hudson, the 23-year old Johnston went 1-3 with a 10.07 earned run average in six games for Dunedin following the trade.