Hudson inks Minor League deal with Dodgers

April 3rd, 2018

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers signed free-agent reliever on Monday and, after having him throw a bullpen session for pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, sent him to extended Spring Training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

Hudson, 31, was released by Tampa Bay last week after being acquired from Pittsburgh in a salary swap for Corey Dickerson and allowing nine earned runs on eight hits and five walks over his 5 1/3 innings in Spring Training. Hudson will receive $5.5 million this year, with the Dodgers paying only the Major League minimum of it.

A former starter with the White Sox and D-backs, Hudson missed the second half of the 2012 season and the entire 2013 campaign after having two Tommy John elbow reconstructions. He resumed his career at the end of 2014 as a reliever. Last year with the Pirates, he went 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA in 71 games.

The Dodgers are looking at Hudson as a possible fill-in for right-hander Tom Koehler, who suffered a sprained right shoulder capsule in Spring Training. Koehler was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Monday and is not expected back until the All-Star break. Koehler was signed in part to replace as the primary right-handed set-up man for closer .

Koehler was shifted to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander , who was acquired on Monday from the Orioles for Minor League southpaw . Liranzo was optioned to Double-A Tulsa.

Liranzo, 23, has pitched in the Atlanta and Baltimore farm systems but has yet to reach the Major Leagues.