Boston Red Sox: Five potential closer candidates next season
By Matt Clark
5. Daniel Hudson
Daniel Hudson presents a less sexy option as the closer for the Red Sox next season. Hudson is coming off arguably one of his best seasons of his 9-year career after he began the year with the Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline.
Hudson had been linked to the Red Sox at the trade deadline, but Dombrowski ultimately decided not to make any moves to add to a weak bullpen. Instead, Hudson would go to Washington, where he would assume the closer’s role at the end of the season and help lead the Nationals to a World Series championship, recording four saves in the postseason.
Hudson does not have high strikeout abilities like the other candidates on this list. Last season he struck out 71 batters over 73 innings. However, he does possess excellent control and the ability to keep the ball in the park, having only given up 27 walks and eight home runs on the season.
The Red Sox could look at Hudson, who just proved he can close out games in the biggest situations, having just helped lead Washington to a championship and decide that he is the ideal candidate to be the closer for the team next year. He would likely come at an affordable price, something that is appealing to a team trying to get under the cap next season.