I had never heard of “postseason paternity leave” until today. Can’t remember it really being an issue. I dunno. Maybe it’s come up. I’m old and memories fade.
It’s been invoked for the NLCS, however, as the Washington Nationals announced today that they have placed reliever Daniel Hudson on postseason paternity leave, replacing him with Wander Suero. Hudson will be allowed to be away from the team for a minimum of one day and a maximum of three days. Once he’s back Hudson will take Suero’s place on the Nationals’ active roster.
Hudson was pretty dang good for the Nats this year, allowing only four earned runs in 25 innings of work (1.44 ERA) after coming over from Toronto at the deadline. Hudson appeared three times in the NLDS and didn’t allow a run in two and two-thirds. Suero, meanwhile, appeared in 78 games for Washington in 2019, striking out a fair amount of batters but being pretty hittable and allowing too many walks, sticking him with a 4.54 ERA. He pitched one game in the Division Series but the Nats were poised to leave him off the NLCS roster.
Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.
Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.
The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.
Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.