They couldn’t agree to a contract before Monday night’s deadline, so the Diamondbacks non-tendered Daniel Hudson, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the two sides are close to hammering out a new deal for him to stick around.
Hudson is recovering from a pair of Tommy John elbow surgeries and figures to miss most and perhaps all of 2014, so any deal would presumably cover at least two years.
Or as general manager Kevin Towers put it:
I would like to say that we were at the 5-yard line or inside of that. So my hope is that we will come to a resolution and he will be a Diamondback in the very near future.
Apparently one possible stumbling block is whether the deal includes a 40-man roster spot. Hudson hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2011, when he threw 222 innings with a 3.49 ERA and 169/50 K/BB ratio after coming over from the White Sox in a trade for Edwin Jackson.
Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.
According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.
It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.
The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.