Video: Daniel Hudson strikes out Michael Brantley to clinch championship for Nationals

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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:

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.