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Dodgers trade Bryan Hudson to Brewers for Justin Chambers & player to be named later or cash

MLB: JUN 17 Giants at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Bryan Hudson was the roster casualty for the Dodgers signing Yoshinobu Yamamoto, whose 12-year, $325 million contract was finalized on December 27. Hudson was designated for assignment on that day to make room on the 40-man roster, then one week later was traded to the Brewers.

The Dodgers on January 3 acquired minor league left-hander Justin Chambers plus a player to be named later or cash from Milwaukee in the deal.

Hudson was a third-round pick of the Cubs in 2015, and after eight seasons in Chicago’s minor leagues signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers last offseason. After a sparkling start in Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2023, Hudson at age 26 made his major league debut on June 17 for the Dodgers.

The 6’8 left-hander had four different stints with the Dodgers and pitched in six games, allowing seven runs in 8⅔ innings, with seven strikeouts and four walks.

It was a busy week surrounding the new year for Hudson, who was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on December 27, got engaged on December 28, and was traded to the Brewers on January 3.

Aside from making his major league debut for the Dodgers in 2023, Hudson also had a 2.43 ERA for Triple-A Oklahoma City in the hitter-happy Pacific Coast League, with 86 strikeouts and 26 walks in 55⅔ innings, with a 35.7-percent strikeout rate.

Hudson getting sent to Milwaukee leaves the Dodgers with only three left-handed pitchers on the 40-man roster – swingman Ryan Yarbrough plus relievers Caleb Ferguson and Alex Vesia.

Chambers won’t need to be added to the 40-man roster for a while, as he was drafted just last year by the Brewers out of Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona. Though Chambers was drafted in the 20th round, his signing bonus was $547,500 was slightly above the slot value of the 121st overall pick, in the back half of the fourth round.

The 18-year-old Chambers had Tommy John surgery last year and has yet to pitch professionally.