By Jason Shetler
The Pirates are said to be interested in free agent reliever Daniel Hudson, this according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Bill Brink.
Hudson was once a highly touted prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization. Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus each rated the former fifth round pick as a Top 100 prospect prior to the 2010 season.
A day before the 2010 trade deadline, Hudson was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal for Edwin Jackson. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012, he had another elbow procedure done in 2013.
This past season, Hudson pitched exclusively in relief with the Dbacks, as he posted a 5.22 ERA in 70 appearances. Advanced metrics however point to the fact that his BABIP was .331, while the Fielding Independent Pitching was at 3.81. He also displayed terrific fastball velocity at 95.7 mph, which was Top 10 among NL relievers with at least 50 innings pitched. Last offseason, the Pirates signed Neftali Feliz, who was coming off a down year, and he bounced back in 2016, so perhaps they could go the same route with Hudson this offseason.