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Blue Jays sign veteran reliever Daniel Hudson to one-year deal

By Matt Loede
Veteran reliever Daniel Hudson has a new home with the Blue Jays, signing a deal in hopes of helping a bullpen that has been hit recently by injury. Photo by Twitter/<a class="tpstyle" href="https://twitter.com/BlueJays/status/1110267152173416448">Blue Jays</a>
Veteran reliever Daniel Hudson has a new home with the Blue Jays, signing a deal in hopes of helping a bullpen that has been hit recently by injury. Photo by Twitter/Blue Jays

March 25 (UPI) -- The Toronto Blue Jays continue to tweak their final roster before their season opener, and Monday agreed to a deal with reliever Daniel Hudson.

Hudson and the Blue Jays signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million, the team announced Monday, hoping he can add to the bullpen after he pitched for the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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While Hudson joined the roster, the Jays placed second baseman Devon Travis on the 60-day injured list Monday because of an inflamed left knee.

The team also announced it has inked veteran reliever John Axford to a minor league contract. Toronto released Axford on Saturday after he suffered a stress reaction in his right elbow.

By signing him back instead of keeping him on the roster, the Blue Jays avoid having to pay him a $100,000 bonus.

Axford was 4-1 with a 5.27 ERA last year for the Blue Jays and Dodgers, who acquired him July 31.

Last season, the 32-year-old Hudson went 3-2 with a 4.11 ERA with the Dodgers, throwing 46 innings with 44 strikeouts and 18 walks.

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The hope is that the nine-year veteran can help out a pen that has been hit with injuries to Bud Norris, Ryan Tepera and Axford.

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