According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free agent reliever Daniel Hudson to a two-year, $11 million deal. Hudson will have a chance to become the closer in Pittsburgh, whose bullpen is fluid with former closer Mark Melancon now in San Francisco.
Hudson, 29, was a former 5th round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2008 MLB Draft, and broke into the majors quickly, as many pitchers in the White Sox system have before. Hudson was eventually dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 for Edwin Jackson, and has been in Arizona ever since. Hudson was a former starting pitcher, who transitioned to the bullpen in Arizona after numerous injuries. Hudson
Hudson is still a project in the bullpen, and went 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA in 70 appearances with the Diamondbacks last season. However, Hudson faded down the stretch, and could have been a victim of overuse. Hudson began faltering around the trade deadline, where he was regarded as a possible trade target, until the Diamondbacks elected to keep him. His K/9 rate was down to 8.7 K/9 after a 9.4 K/9 rating was posted last season, in addition to his 3.86 ERA in 64 appearances.
The Pirates have had a great deal of success when it comes to turning around the careers of pitchers. Mark Melancon, Edinson Volquez, Francisco Lirianio and more have benefited from a revival in Pittsburgh. Hudson will look to do the same as the 29 enters the prime of his career. With the signing of Fernando Rodney, the Arizona Diamondbacks have already found a replacement for Hudson.null