Daniel Hudson signed a minor league contract with the Angels in February. He opted out near the end of spring training, catching on with the Blue Jays before the start of the regular season. For the Blue Jays, who would go on to finish 67-95, Hudson put up career-altering numbers: a 3.00 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks across 48 innings. The resurgent Nationals acquired him from the Jays at the July 31 trade deadline in exchange for minor leaguer Kyle Johnston. In his new uniform, Hudson would allow just four earned runs with a 23/4 K/BB ratio in 25 innings, helping the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card.
On Wednesday night in Houston, in Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros, Hudson worked a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the final two batters to clinch the first championship in Nationals franchise history. That is quite the year. From minor league contract and opting out to hoisting a championship trophy.
Here is Hudson’s memorable final pitch to Michael Brantley to end Game 7:
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.