It has been more than a season and a half since right-hander Daniel Hudson last pitched in a major-league game but baseball’s salary structure isn’t entirely mindful of such things.
While on the disabled list recovering from his first and then second Tommy John elbow surgeries Hudson has been accumulating major-league service time and next season as a player with three-plus years experience he will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.
This creates a peculiar situation. What will Hudson be worth? Will he even pitch in 2014 or will his recovery take until 2015? Will he come back as a starter or a reliever?
No one seems to know how the situation will play out. And that includes Hudson himself.
“It’s going to be interesting to see what goes on” Hudson said over the phone Monday. “Obviously we love it here in Arizona and I’d like to be here for a long time an extended period of time but I’m in a pretty weird situation going into my first year of arbitration.