Nationals make Daniel Hudson signing official

Chris Lingebach
January 14, 2020 - 12:35 pm
Nationals make Daniel Hudson signing official

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The Nationals have officially announced the signing of Daniel Hudson to a two-year contract.

The 32-year-old right-handed reliever will reportedly make $11 million over the life of the contract, for an average annual value of $5.5 million. With news of the deal breaking a week ago from Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Post explains a passed physical was holding up the deal.

That out of the way, Hudson now returns to Washington after going 3-0 with six saves and a 1.44 ERA in 24 games for the Nats in 2019. He also recorded the final out of the World Series, striking out Michael Brantley to close out Game 7 6-2 and seal the championship for the Nationals. Hudson was scoreless in seven of nine postseason outings (9.2 IP) with a 3.72 ERA, going a perfect 4-for-4 in postseason save opportunities.

Hudson proved to be a crucial acquisition for the Nationals at the 2019 trade deadline, helping plug the dam that was Washington's leaky bullpen after arriving from Toronto. In September alone, Hudson went 5-for-5 in save opportunities and posted a 0.00 ERA in nine appearances (10.2 IP) with eight strikeouts and a 0.94 WHIP. Opponents batted just .205 against him during that stretch.

Hudson went 9-3 on the season – in 69 appearances (73 IP) between Toronto and Washington – with eight saves and a 2.47 ERA, striking out 71 batters, issuing 27 walks and allowing eight home runs. Hudson is 49-35 with 17 saves and a 3.83 ERA in 379 games over the course of his 10-year MLB career.

After pitching at Old Dominion University – where he's third all-time in strikeouts (295), behind fellow Major Leaguers Kevin Bearse (325) and Justin Verlander (427) – Hudson was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by the Chicago White Sox.

With Hudson's addition, Washington now has 38 players on its 40-man roster.

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