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Rockies sign Dakota Hudson and Jacob Stallings

Brian Serven was claimed by the Cubs while Alan Trejo was outrighted to Triple-A

Update

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported the financial details of the deals. Hudson will earn $1.5 million with another $1.5 million available via performance bonuses based on innings pitched.

Stallings also gets $1.5 million plus a mutual option with a $500,000 buyout that can escalate to $1 million.

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Original Story

The Colorado Rockies announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson and catcher Jacob Stallings to one-year deals for the 2024 season.

Hudson, 29, was non-tendered by St. Louis at the start of the offseason after spending all six years of his big league career with the team. Initially drafted in the first round in 2016, Hudson debuted with the Cardinals in 2018 and went on to finish fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2019 after going 16-7 with a 3.35 ERA over 174 23 innings. In 2023 Hudson appeared in 18 games, including 13 starts, where he posted a 4.98 ERA with 45 strikeouts against 34 walks. Hudson has struggled with his command in the past with a 10.7% walk rate for his career and isn’t known for many strikeouts with a career 15.7% strikeout rate. He does, however, generate plenty of groundballs with a 55.1% career rate.

He primarily utilizes a three-pitch mix featuring a fastball (91 mph), sinker (91.6 mph), and slider (85.1 mph) while mixing in a changeup and curveball from time to time. He is likely to slot immediately into the starting rotation, joining Kyle Freeland, Austin Gomber, and recently acquired Cal Quantrill, but still has minor league options, giving the Rockies some flexibility.

Stallings, 34, was also non-tendered this offseason and joins the Rockies as a backup catcher after spending the past two seasons with the Miami Marlins. Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 out of the seventh round, Stallings debuted in 2016 and spent parts of six big league seasons in the Steel City before he was traded to the Marlins in 2021. In 2023, Stallings batted .191/.278/.286 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 88 games Not known for his offensive prowess, Stallings has a career .235/.312/.335 slash line with 24 home runs and 128 RBI in 451 games. His calling card is his defensive abilities behind the plate where he won a Gold Glove in 2021 and has regularly received high marks for his blocking but did rank in the lower percentiles in framing the past two seasons.

The initial signing salaries are unknown at the time of writing, but both Hudson and Stallings were projected to make close to $4 million in arbitration.

In corresponding moves, the Rockies announced that catcher Brian Serven has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs while infielder Alan Trejo had been outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.

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