The Dodgers continue their 2023 roster building trend with Daniel Hudson’s contract news

Back in late June, the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen took a huge hit when Daniel Hudson suffered a torn ACL after following on a pitch. His season ended right then and there, and the groans in Craig Kimbrel’s direction only grew louder.

However, it was even worse news for Hudson, who had agreed to a one-year contract with a team option a few months earlier. Turns out, though, when you’re in Los Angeles and these situations happen, the organization is more than happy to go another year and bring it all back.

They did it with Blake Treinen after his shoulder injury in April was expected to keep him out for months (and possibly the entire season). They did it with Max Muncy, who was one of the most disappointing players in baseball for the first four months of the season as he recovered from a partially torn UCL.

Both players will now be in Los Angeles through 2023 with a team option for 2024. And now, the same goes for Hudson. The Dodgers picked up his $6.5 million option Thursday and picked up an option for next year.

Run it back! Once upon a time, it looked like the Dodgers front office would have a lot of tough decisions to make this offseason when it came to contract options. Now, their outlook for 2023 is much less stressful.

The Dodgers picked up Daniel Hudson’s option and made a 2024 option

In April, Hudson, Muncy, Treinen, Justin Turner, Danny Duffy, Hanser Alberto, Jimmy Nelson and Cody Bellinger all had question marks surrounding their contract situations.

Now, Hudson, Muncy and Treinen are taken care of, Turner’s situation is resolved as he continues to heat up, Duffy is gone, Alberto has worked himself into a program in the clubhouse, and Nelson will likely return due to his low cost. Bellinger is the only real concern as the Dodgers have to determine if they will offer him a final contract in the ~$20 million range.

However, the point here is that the Dodgers went about building their 2023 roster with some of these situations playing themselves out as they did, and Andrew Friedman was astute enough to catch it.

With Kimbrel likely gone, the guaranteed returns of Treinen and Hudson, despite the injuries that have eaten away at them in 2022, provide a semblance of stability for a bullpen that badly needs it. Evan Phillips showed up, which was incredible, while Alex Vesia made himself an asset, but beyond that there’s a lack of clarity about guys like Phil Bickford, Yency Almonte and Brusdar Graterol. Not to mention, David Price and Tommy Kahnle will become free agents and probably won’t be back.

Oh yeah, and remember that trade for Chris Martin at the deadline? He is controlled through 2023. So there are Treinen, Hudson, Martin, Phillips and Vesia already guaranteed to be on board for next year.

Just like that, much of the roster anxiety is gone. Now the Dodgers can focus on keeping Trea Turner and finding an expensive lockdown reliever to join this impressive cast.

Friedman and Co. they make it look so easy, which is exactly why LA’s has been so successful, avoiding most of the drama in the headlines.

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