Diamondbacks close to a deal with Daniel Hudson

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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.

Yankees activate Giancarlo Stanton

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The New York Yankees have activated Giancarlo Stanton. He’ll be in the lineup in tonight’s game against the Rays.

Stanton has been on the injured list since April 1 due to a left biceps strain and a left shoulder strain sustained in what Aaron Boone called a “funky swing” at the time. He began a rehab assignment in late May, had it halted due to injury, and resumed it recently. He’s been swinging the bat well during his most recent stint, socking four homers in ten games.

That pop will be welcome. The Yankees have weathered Stanton’s injury — and injuries to Aaron Judge and scads of other players — but a team can’t defy gravity forever. At some point you need your established threats back. With Stanton coming back tonight, Judge coming back later this week and with the addition of Edwin Encarnación in that trade with Seattle, the Bombers should continue to hit bombs throughout the summer.