The Pirates have signed pitcher Daniel Hudson to a two-year, $11 million deal, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Hudson, 29, has been a reliever for the last two seasons. As such, he’ll add depth to the Pirates’ bullpen. As Passan notes, Hudson has “a potential path” to the closer’s role as the club is expected to eventually trade Tony Watson.
Hudson posted a 5.22 ERA with a 58/22 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings last season after putting up a 3.86 ERA in 2015, both with the Diamondbacks. Since moving to relief work, Hudson’s fastball has sat in the mid-90’s. He’ll be the latest reclamation project for pitching coach Ray Searage.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.