The Nationals are re-signing Daniel Hudson after all

Chris Lingebach
January 06, 2020 - 3:59 pm
Nationals to re-sign Daniel Hudson to two-year deal

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The Washington Nationals and right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson have agreed to terms on a two-year deal, reuniting the club with the man who closed out the World Series for them in 2019.

Hudson has agreed to a deal valued as high as $12 million, with an $11 million base and an additional $1 million in performance bonuses related to games finished. The news was first reported by Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Hudson was one of the few relievers on Washington's postseason roster reliable enough to go to with relative consistency. Hudson made three appearances (4 IP) in the World Series and recorded the final three outs against the Astros in Game 7, securing the championship for the Nationals.

When the Nats signed Will Harris last week, many figured it to be a this-or-that scenario, with the Nats deciding in favor of Harris over Hudson.

As it turns out, the Nationals were able to find the money to sign both.

Washington acquired Hudson at the 2019 trade deadline in exchange for minor-league pitching prospect Kyle Johnston.

With Hudson's return and Sean Doolittle under contract for another season, the Nats – with the addition of Harris – have now retained the best pieces of their 2019 bullpen and strengthened it for 2020.

Based on current salary projections, the Nats already figured to be on the edge of the Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) with the Harris signing. This could spell the end of their running in the Josh Donaldson sweepstakes, who could command an average annual value of $25-plus million in free agency. Unless of course the Nats decided to go over the CBT.

The Nats also added infielder Starlin Castro on a two-year, $12 million free agency deal last week.

Hudson will be 33 at the start of the 2020 regular season.