The Dodgers made a move today prior to first pitch with Miami, calling up the right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson. To make room on the roster, Walker Buehler was optioned back to Class A Rancho. Buehler was brought up as a one-game fill-in while Rich Hill recovered from a cracked fingernail. Hudson was added to the 40-man roster, which is now entirely filled up.
#Dodgers LHP Rich Hill said his four-inning 80-pitch sim game went well and he will start Monday.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 24, 2018
As we noted at the beginning of the month, Hudson is interesting for a bullpen piece. Los Angeles’ front office has made a habit of building bullpens from pieces, and Hudson may be part of that school of thought. He was signed to a minor league deal at the onset of the season.
Hudson has not been an effective reliever as of recent years but was great before 2012. He posted a 3.19 earned run average and owned a 3:1 K/BB ration the two years leading up to that. Not overwhelming numbers, but certainly effective in the later innings of a close game. Hudson was mostly used as a starter during those decent seasons. His transition to the bullpen did not go as well as hoped.
With the loss of Brandon Morrow to free agency last Winter, the Dodgers dug around to find additional pieces in their depleted bullpen. JT Chargois, Daniel Hudson, and Scott Alexander were all brought on to help plug that hole left by Morrow. Hudson was cut loose by Tampa Bay at the end of Spring Training, so he only costs the Dodgers the pro-rated league minimum.
If he can return to anywhere close to his old form, Hudson will be en effective reliever. He is not as overpowering as he might have once been, but he is an intelligent pitcher. Let’s hope he can maintain that and use it for his success.
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