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Daniel Hudson Signs With Pittsburgh

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Reliever Daniel Hudson signs two-year deal with Pirates

Former Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Daniel Hudson has signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The deal is worth $11 million, and will take Hudson past his age 30 season.

Hudson is a seven-year veteran, and has spent the last 5.5 seasons in Arizona. In 2016, Hudson struggled to keep teams from scoring. The 235-pound right-hander appeared in 70 games (60.1 innings) last season and allowed 35 earned runs. Hudson pitched to a 5.22 ERA in 2016, and converted five out of seven save opportunities.

In each of the last four seasons, Hudson has recorded a negative WAR. In 2016, he had a -0.7 WAR and a 1.44 WHIP.

The 29-year-old Hudson has some experience as a starting pitcher. In 2010, he made 14 starts between the Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox. He pitched 95.1 innings in 2010, and amassed a 2.45 ERA and recorded 84 strikeouts. The following season, Hudson made 33 starts for the Diamondbacks and pitched 222 innings. He had a 16-12 record with a 3.49 ERA and 169 strikeouts.

This is an interesting signing for the Pirates. Hudson has been a reliever for the majority of his career, but does have experience starting. The Pirates will most likely use Hudson as a late inning relief pitcher or set up man. After trading closer Mark Melancon last season, the Pirates turned to Tony Watson to get saves. Watson recorded 15 saves for the Pirates in 2016 and is positioned to take over the closers role full-time in 2017.

There have been rumors that the Pirates could be shopping Watson around on the trade market. The signing of Hudson could signal that Watson is on his way out. If the Pirates do move Watson, Felipe Rivero would be the likely choice to replace him.

It is unlikely that Hudson will take over the closer role for the Pirates in the coming years. He has nine career saves, and will most likely become the set up man or long reliever for the Pirates. Now that Hudson is a Pirate, it is more evident that Watson could be on the move. The Pirates have one year of control left on him and will likely not re-sign him after 2017.

Hudson could fit into many different roles in the Pirates bullpen. One of those roles will not be closer, but his signing could signal more moves for the Pirates this off-season.