Daniel Hudson, the Arizona Diamondbacks No. 2 starter in 2011 who came to the team from the Chicago White Sox in the Edwin Jackson trade, has been officially non-tendered and is a free agent as of 10:01 p.m. last night. Hudson was in a sticky situation trying to recover from his second Tommy John surgery in as many years this past June. He was also more than likely going to miss all of this year and could make a return to the big leagues as a reliever as early as 2015.
Hudson has been one of my favorite Diamondback pitchers and I feel bad the team had to not offer him a contract, but he would have been due to make almost $1.1 million in arbitration had the team tendered him. The Diamondbacks are still hopeful to sign him and Hudson posted this Tweet:
“My heart is still pumping Sedona Red. Not closing any books. Patience is key!”
My hopes is they can work out a deal to keep Hudson in the desert that will work out for both parties involved. Hudson is a class act and a solid pitcher who can still contribute. The Diamondbacks had four other players besides Hudson they had to tender contracts to so they wouldn’t enter free agency. The team tendered all four players, they are: Josh Collmenter, Brad Ziegler, Joe Thatcher, and Gerardo Parra. The team will have to work out contracts with each player to avoid going to arbitration, something the team hasn’t dealt with since 2001 with Damien Miller.
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