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Nationals place Daniel Hudson on postseason paternity leave

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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.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).