Do you remember when Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Daniel Hudson exploded onto the scene and became one of the most promising starters in all of baseball? Well, it seems like a lifetime ago, but in case you’ve forgotten, the D-Backs are set to remind you, as they are reportedly negotiating a new deal with Hudson during the off-season.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) November 28, 2013
The 26-year-old Hudson exploded onto the scene with a 95-inning debut between the White Sox and D-Backs in 2010, where he posted a 2.45 ERA, but his 2011 season is the one that leaves pundits salivating. Hudson posted a 4.8 fWAR season in 2011, throwing 222 innings of a 3.49 ERA, but unfortunately, that was the last time we saw the “real” Hudson.
Since then, he has made only 9 starts over 2 seasons, and in that time, the right-hander has undergone two Tommy John surgeries. It’ll be very, very interesting to see what kind of contract the two sides could agree to, given that he’s expected to miss most of the 2014 season while rehabbing. If the D-Backs can rediscover a healthy, productive Hudson, it’ll likely be at a bargain-basement price, and that is a gamble that is certainly worth pursuing.