Daniel Claiborne Hudson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 220 lb.
- School Old Dominion University
- High School Princess Anne High School
- Debut September 4, 2009
Hudson was the key player given up by the Chicago White Sox to acquire Edwin Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the trading deadline in 2010. Hudson was immediately successful for his new team, earning the National League's Rookie Player of the Month honors for August. He went 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA over the month, while striking out 42 in 43 2/3 innings.
On June 26, 2012, Hudson left a start against the Atlanta Braves with pain in his elbow. He was diagnosed the next day with a torn ligament in his elbow, a condition that led to Tommy John surgery, which was performed on July 9th. He was struggling with a record of 3-2, 7.35 at the time. Still recovering from the surgery, he was placed on the D-Backs' 60-day disabled list at the start of spring training in 2013. He made a first rehabilitation start with the AA Mobile Bay Bears on June 4th and felt more pain; he was diagnosed with another tear and was operated on a second time. He finally made it back to the majors on September 3, 2014, pitching an inning in relief against the San Diego Padres, completing a very long circle that saw him be out of the majors for 799 days.
Hudson pitched only three times with the Diamondbacks in 2014, but in 2015, he pitched 64 times for the D-Backs, making one start, with a record of 4-3, 3.86 and 4 saves. He logged 67 2/3 innings and recorded 71 strikeouts in a very solid comeback season. He continued to be a valuable member of Arizona's bullpen in 2016, when he pitched 70 times, with a record of 3-2 and 5 saves. His ERA jumped up to 5.22, but his other numbers remained fine: 65 allowed hits in 60 1/3 innings, 22 walks and 58 strikeouts. Seeing no major red flags apart from the high ERA, the Pittsburgh Pirates decided to take a chance on him after the season, signing him on December 19th to a two-year deal worth $11 million.
He pitched 71 times for the Pirates in 2017, going 2-7 with an ERA of 4.38. he also struck out 66 batters in 61 2/3 innings. On February 22, 2018, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays along with minor league IF Tristan Gray in return for OF/DH Corey Dickerson. He pitched poorly in camp, however, giving up 9 runs in 5 1/3 innings, and the Rays released him just as spring training ended, swallowing $5.5 million in salary in the process. He was then signed a few days later by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who decided to take a flyer on the veteran given he was now available at very low cost. In the immediate, he was asked to stay in Arizona for extended spring training.
- NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2011)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2011)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (2011)