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Nationals officially announce the signing of reliever Daniel Hudson

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The Nationals have reunited with the man who forced the final out of their first World Series in franchise history, announcing the signing of reliever Daniel Hudson on Tuesday.

Hudson, who agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal on Jan. 6, hit free agency after resurrecting his career with a dominant second half and playoff run in D.C. Washington acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline amid a flurry of moves for bullpen help.

None of those trades proved to be more important than that for Hudson. The journeyman reliever posted a 1.44 ERA with six saves and three holds down the stretch before playing an integral role as one of the two relief arms manager Davey Martinez could trust in key situations.

Washington will likely allow Hudson to resume his fireman role after signing former All-Star reliever Will Harris to a three-year deal on Jan. 3. With Harris handling the eighth, closer Sean Doolittle manning save situations and Hudson getting the team out of jams, the Nationals will enter the 2020 season with one of the best bullpen trios it’s had since moving to the District.

The move puts the Nationals’ 40-man roster at 38, with Ryan Zimmerman still lurking in free agency. A potential addition of Josh Donaldson remains possible as well, although such a deal would certainly put Washington over the $208 million luxury tax threshold.

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