Pirates sign Daniel Hudson to a two-year, $11 million contract

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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.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.