Part of what makes the Los Angeles Dodgers so great is that, while the 2022 season is still taking place, they are already planning for the future.
That’s why you will see them signing so many injured guys with an eye on returning in the second year of their deals, like they did with Tommy Kahnle a couple of years ago.
They are finishing some details with an eye on the 2022 postseason, but the work at the offices never ceases.
They announced a deal with injured pitcher Daniel Hudson for him to stay in LA until at least 2024.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with RHP Daniel Hudson on a 1-year contract for the 2023 season worth $6.5 million with a club option for the 2024 season,” the team tweeted on Friday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with RHP Daniel Hudson on a 1-year contract for the 2023 season worth $6.5 million with a club option for the 2024 season.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 23, 2022
The Dodgers Are Making Sure Hudson Stays For The Next Couple Of Years
Not only did the Dodgers secure the services of a top reliever for next year, but they are also adding an option for the 2024 season at the same price.
When some of the best relievers in baseball are going for considerably more than $10 million (even $15 million), having Hudson, a proven closer with experience in the playoffs and the World Series, for just $6.5 million is a bargain.
Granted, he is not exactly young, but he showed this year that he still has plenty in the tank.
He suffered a season-ending left ACL tear back in late June, but the hope is that he will be ready for the start of the 2023 season.
He will be 36 next spring, but had a 2.22 ERA and 30/5 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings before getting hurt this year.
Planning for the future is what makes an MLB team sustainable.