Diamondbacks Close To Signing Hudson, Blanco

The Diamondbacks are close to a new contract with Daniel Hudson, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.  Hudson is believed to want a deal that would guaranteed him a spot on the 40-man roster, though he is expected to be sidelined for possibly the entire 2014 season as he recovers from two Tommy John surgeries.

Hudson was non-tendered by the D'Backs earlier this month though there was mutual interest on both sides in working out a new deal.  The right-hander posted a 3.19 ERA, 3.1 K/BB and 7.2 K/9 over his first 336 Major League innings from 2009-11 and looked to be one of the game's up-and-coming young pitchers before he fell victim to injuries.  Hudson's last Major League pitch came on June 26, 2012 before undergoing Tommy John surgery, and then had to undergo a second procedure after reinjuring his elbow last June.

The D'Backs are also expected to sign veteran catcher Henry Blanco to a minor league deal with an invitation to the Major League Spring Training camp, Piecoro reports.  Blanco, 42, will return to Arizona after playing with the team as a backup in 2011-12.  Blanco posted a .474 OPS in 150 PA with the Mariners and Blue Jays in 2013 and MLBTR's Tim Dierkes recently reported that Blanco is looking to play for one final season.

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7 Comments on "Diamondbacks Close To Signing Hudson, Blanco"

1 year 9 months ago

I forgot the D-backs even had Daniel Hudson

1 year 9 months ago

Same here, I remember that Showtime (I think?) reality show on The White Sox a few years ago and the episode when Kenny Williams traded him to AZ as part of the Edwin Jackson trade.

1 year 9 months ago

I’m going to be the guy to point out that Henry Blanco hit 3 HRs with Seattle last season, 2 of which were grand slams.

1 year 9 months ago

I love Henry Blanco

1 year 9 months ago

I think Hank White gets NRIs for the rest of his life. He’s 42 now, but I’ll bet ya he’s in camp somewhere in 20 years. He won’t go away.

1 year 9 months ago

A great move by the D-backs to sign Hank White this year — They get a solid backup C, a great teacher, a great teammate, and a strong veteran presence… most importantly, they get the inside track on getting him as a coach/manager in their system next season.

Andrew Cromack
1 year 9 months ago

I don’t know how I feel about making Blanco a part of the team again. In 2011 when he played in the last Divison series game he pretty much cost us it.