When Daniel Hudson re-signed with the Nationals, nobody was more excited about it than fellow relief pitcher Sean Doolittle.
Luckily for us, Doolittle was recording the Nationals Talk Podcast with Todd Dybas when he found out.
“No way! Are you serious?!” Doolittle said when Dybas informed him of the contract.
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After the two-year, $11 million deal was made official Tuesday, Hudson told reporters how friends of his sent him links to the podcast so he could listen.
"I’m not on social media anymore, but people sent me that link," Hudson said. "I heard it was pretty funny how that conversation kind of went from -- I think you guys were talking about Star Wars? It was a pretty funny reaction."
When the Nationals signed former Astros reliever Will Harris to a three-year, $24 million contract, Hudson didn't think he'd be back in Washington. But then the team circled back to him the very next day, and much to the relief of Doolittle, eventually reached a deal to bring Hudson back.
"I had been kept in contact with Doo throughout the whole offseason," he said. "He was just kind of asking me how things were going and kept reiterating how much he wanted me to be back and I kept saying how much I wanted to be back as well, as soon as everything broke I got a text message from Doo saying how excited he was."
The Nationals won a World Series despite a shaky bullpen throughout the year, and not only have they bolstered the unit with Harris, but they were able to retain the two most reliable relievers from last season.
Repeating a World Series championship hasn't happened in the National League since the Reds of the 1970s. It'd be hard to expect the Nationals to pull off back-to-back titles, but they've made all the right moves this winter.
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