Dodgers continue their 2023 roster trend with Daniel Hudson contract news

In late June, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullfight took a hit when Daniel Hudson suffered a torn ACL after chasing a field. His season ended right there, and the groans at Craig Kimbrel’s direction rose even higher.

But it was even worse news for Hudson, who agreed to a one-year deal with a team option a few months ago. Still, when you’re in Los Angeles and these situations happen, the organization is more than happy to spend another year and take it all back.

They did it with Blake Treinen after April’s shoulder injury was expected to keep him out for months (and possibly all season). They did so with Max Muncy, who was one of the most disappointing players in baseball for the first four months of the season, surviving a partially shattered UCL.

Both players will be in LA until 2023 and will have a team option for 2024. And now the same goes for Hudson. Dodgers bought its $6.5 million option on Thursday and moved to an option for the following year.

Run it back! At one time, it looked like the Dodgers front office would make too many tough decisions to make this off-season when it comes to contract options. Now, the 2023 outlooks are much less stressful.

Dodgers take Daniel Hudson option and choose 2024 option

In April, there were questions about the contract statuses of Hudson, Muncy, Treinen, Justin Turner, Danny Duffy, Hanser Alberto, Jimmy Nelson and Cody Bellinger.

Now, Hudson, Muncy, and Treinen are being taken care of, his situation is sorting out on its own as Turner continues to warm up, Duffy is gone, Alberto has made himself a clubhouse fixture and Nelson will likely return due to his low cost. The only real concern is Bellinger as the Dodgers need to determine whether they will offer him a final contract in the ~$20 million range.

The point here, however, is that the Dodgers are making progress as they build their 2023 roster, with some of these situations playing out the way they do, and Andrew Friedman is shrewd enough to get ahead of it.

While Kimbrel is probably gone, despite the injuries that depleted them in 2022, Treinen and Hudson’s guaranteed returns provide him with a look of stability for a bullfighter who needs him badly. Evan Phillips came out, that was incredible, while Alex Vesia made herself an asset, but beyond that there’s a lack of clarity regarding guys like Phil Bickford, Yency Almonte, and Brusdar Graterol. David Price and Tommy Kahnle will be free agents and will likely not return.

Oh yeah, do you remember the trade for Chris Martin on the deadline? It can be checked until 2023. So Treinen, Hudson, Martin, Phillips and Vesia are guaranteed to be on board for next year.

Just like that, most of the list anxiety is gone. Now Dodgers can focus on hiring Trea Turner and finding a high-priced anti-lock to join this impressive roster.

Friedman and Co. It makes it look so easy, and that’s why the LAs are so successful.

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