Cubs reportedly one of several teams in contact RHP Daniel Hudson
According to a report from Mark Gonzales, the Cubs are one of the teams in contact with free agent right-hander Daniel Hudson. The Cubs are looking for relief pitchers and Hudson is one of the relievers the front office has shown interest in this off-season.
Daniel Hudson, 29, turns 30 on March 9 and was the fifth round pick of the White Sox in the 2008 draft. Hudson was sent to Arizona, along with David Holmberg, on July 30, 2010 for Edwin Jackson.
Hudson appeared in 70 games this past season for the D-Backs and was 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 3.81 FIP. Hudson allowed 40 runs, 35 earned, on 65 hits with 22 walks and 58 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings.
Over six years with the Diamondbacks, Hudson was 33-21 in 190 games, 54 starts, with a 3.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 3.51 FIP.
Right-handers hit .256/.324/.395 against Hudson this past season with a .719 OPS. Left-handers batted .283/.357/.434 with a .791 OPS.
As a reliever, Hudson is 7-6 in 140 games with a 4.80 ERA and 1.37 WHIP during his career. Hudson was 28-17 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 59 starts. Hudson did not start a game this past season and has made only one start in the last three seasons.
Hudson had his second Tommy John surgery in 2013 and missed the entire season after making nine starts during the 2012 season. Hudson appeared in only three games in 2014 but has pitched in 134 games, making one start, the last two years.
The Cubs have shown interest in Daniel Hudson in the past, reaching out to the veteran right-hander was expected this off-season.