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Dodgers sign Daniel Hudson for 2023, with a club option for 2024

LA follows Treinen/Muncy playbook with Hudson contract

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With a pending club option decision roughly six weeks away, the Dodgers instead optioned to lock in Daniel Hudson for next year now. Los Angeles has signed the veteran reliever to a contract for 2023, with a club option for 2024, following a familiar pattern.

The Dodgers announced Hudson’s contract on Friday.

Hudson earned $6 million on his one year contract with the Dodgers this season, and had a $6.5 million club option for next year, with a $1 million buyout. Hudson’s new contract guarantees that $6.5 million for 2023, plus a similar club option for 2024.

The contract was first reported by both Jeff Passan of ESPN and Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic.

The contract Hudson signed last November included potential escalators for his 2023 option that could have increased by up to $500,000 based on games finished this season, from 30-50. Hudson pitched is 24 games and saved five, and finished eight games.

Hudson tore his ACL while fielding a ball on June 24, requiring surgery that ended his season. The 35-year-old was the Dodgers’ most trusted late-inning leverage reliever over the first two and a half months, with a 2.22 ERA and 2.04 FIP along with 30 strikeouts and five walks in 24⅓ innings.

Hudson followed a similar path to Blake Treinen and Max Muncy, each of whom signed contracts during this season that guaranteed their option for 2023 and added another option for 2024. Treinen signed for $8 million in May, and Muncy’s $13.5 million became guaranteed in August.

The Dodgers this season also signed pending free agent Austin Barnes to a two-year, $7 million contract through 2024 in July, during a resplendent season for the catcher.