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Brewers acquire reliever Bryan Hudson from Dodgers

Hudson adds another left-handed arm to the bullpen mix

MLB: JUL 08 Angels at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Brewers acquired left-handed reliever Bryan Hudson from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Justin Chambers and a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday.

Hudson, 26, made his big-league debut in 2023, appearing in six games out of the bullpen.

He allowed seven runs in 8 23 innings, but his work in Triple-A was far more encouraging.

In 55 23 innings, Hudson posted a 2.43 ERA and 3.02 FIP. He struck out 35.7% of batters faced.

Hudson relies heavily on a 92-mph fastball that tops out at 96. Because the 6-foot-8 southpaw generates elite extension and releases the ball closer to the plate than most pitchers, it looks to hitters as if he's throwing 94-98.

Hudson used that fastball about 75% of the time in Triple-A. Despite a suboptimal movement profile, it induced whiffs on 28.8% of swings due to an above-average spin rate and Hudson's deceptive sidearm release slot.

Hudson also throws a mid-80s cutter and a sweeping slider. He turns primarily to his fastball in all counts but will use his slider as a putaway pitch.

The Dodgers designated Hudson for assignment last week to clear a roster space for Yoshinobu Yamamoto. He joins a Brewers bullpen that lacks quality left-handed relief outside of Hoby Milner. Aaron Ashby's role remains in flux after shoulder surgery, and Ethan Small and Clayton Andrews have struggled in very limited big-league action.

Hudson adds an upside arm to that group. He has two option years remaining, so the Brewers can shuttle him between Triple-A and the big leagues based on their bullpen needs at the time.

Chambers was a 20th-round selection by the Brewers in the 2023 draft. He has yet to make his professional debut.