He was on the mound when the final out was made during the 2019 World Series. For this, Daniel Hudson has earned a place in the hearts of Nats fans forever. Those with short memories have already forgotten and are disgruntled with the 6.10 ERA and five blown saves Hudson put up in 21 games in 2020.
He has a closer’s mentality and has already forgotten, so why don’t you as well? Although, Hudson has never felt comfortable as the closer, and now he does not have to be. With the addition of Brad Hand, the Nationals have a reliever who wants the ninth inning gig and was a perfect 16/16 in save opportunities a year ago.
With Tanner Rainey and Will Harris primed to handle the high leverage roles, Hudson can slide into a 6th or 7th inning, low stress gig. If he can regain his form, the one which saw him go 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in the 24 regular season games after the Nationals acquired him in 2019, the Nationals will have one of the most vaunted bullpens in the league, after years of having one of the worst bullpens in the league.
Hudson is also in a walk year, and he has hinted it could be his last. In order to cap off his twelve year career the right way, he’ll have to fix a few flaws.