Hudson elected free agency Monday rather than accept an outright assignment to the minors. Hudson is unlikely to receive a big-league contract this winter after receiving just one major-league plate appearance in 2019. As a free agent, he'll at least have a choice of which minor-league system looks most appealing.
Hudson was outrighted to the minors Friday. Hudson received a single major-league plate appearance in 2019 after receiving 12 the season prior. He posted a poor 65 wRC+ for Triple-A Memphis, where he spent the majority of the year, and doesn't look like anything more than organizational depth moving forward.
Hudson was added to the active roster by the Cardinals on Sunday. Hudson has spent the entirety of the campaign with Triple-A Memphis. He's hit just .223/.293/.411 across 60 games but will get the chance to close the season in the major leagues. He's unlikely to get much playing time, however, buried on the depth chart behind Yadier Molina, Matt Wieters and Andrew Knizner.
Hudson inked a minor-league contract with St. Louis on Tuesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Hudson made his major-league debut in 2018, playing in eight games for the Angels after spending a majority of the campaign at the Triple-A level. In just 12 plate appearances with Los Angeles, he went 2-for-12 with a double and one RBI. The 27-year-old will serve as additional catching depth in the Cardinals' system heading into next season.
Hudson cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday. Hudson was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake after passing through waivers unclaimed. During his time with the Bees last season, Hudson slashed .293/.369/.437 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 49 games. He will continue to serve as catching depth in the Angels' system.
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