Daniel Hudson gets minor league deal

Updated: December 13, 2013, 6:26 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Pitcher Daniel Hudson, who won 16 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 before undergoing two reconstructive surgeries on his right elbow, has reached agreement on a minor league deal to return to the D-backs, his agent told ESPN.com.

Terms of the contract weren't immediately available.

Hudson, 26, is 28-17 with a 3.68 ERA in parts of four seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Diamondbacks. Arizona acquired Hudson and pitcher David Holmberg from Chicago in a trade for veteran starter Edwin Jackson in July 2010.

Hudson underwent his first Tommy John surgery in July 2012. He re-tore a ligament in his elbow during a minor league rehab start last summer, necessitating a second elbow reconstruction in June. He became a free agent when the D-backs declined to tender him a 2014 contract earlier this month.

Hudson's agent, Andrew Lowenthal, declined to comment on the terms of the contract.

"Daniel was blown away by the level of interest in him after he became a free agent,'' Lowenthal said in a text message. "But in the end, he felt that staying with the Diamondbacks' medical and training staff gave him the best opportunity to get back on a big league mound sooner rather than later. When he makes it back from this ordeal, he wants to be in a D-backs uniform, and the D-backs have made it clear that's what they want as well.''

The Arizona rotation currently consists of Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy, Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado, but general manager Kevin Towers has been actively searching for upgrades.

The D-backs have said they plan to bid on Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka, and they're among the teams interested in free agent Matt Garza. They've also been monitoring the trade market for Tampa Bay's David Price and Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago Cubs.

Also Friday, the Diamondbacks completed a pair of trades by acquiring three minor leaguers.

Outfielder Brandon Jacobs and right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel were acquired from the Los Angeles Angels to complete the three-team trade that brought Mark Trumbo to Arizona. Outfielder Todd Glaesmann was acquired from Tampa Bay to complete the trade that sent Heath Bell to the Rays.

Jacobs, 23, hit .244 with 13 homers and 66 RBIs in 127 games with Class A Salem, Double-A Portland and Double-A Birmingham last season. Schugel, 24, was 4-6 with a 7.04 ERA at Triple-A Salt Lake City last year. Schugel led the Texas League with a 2.89 ERA in 2012.

Glaesmann, 23, hit .240 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs with Double-A Montgomery last season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Jerry Crasnick | email

ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer

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