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Hudson pitches for his immediate future ... no pressure, kid

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daniel_hudson_white_sox-thumb-250x329-10800.jpgHere is the only guarantee given to Daniel Hudson come Friday - he will take the mound for the White Sox that night.
After that, all bets are off.
It isn't very often that a 23-year-old top prospect holds an entire organization hostage by what he does or doesn't do in a single outing against Oakland, but then again the South Siders are in a very unique situation.
The Sun-Times reported back on July 19 that Hudson and Dayan Viciedo were the two likely prospects that Washington was eyeing up as the return for Adam Dunn's services in a trade, after Sox general manager Ken Williams initially said no and no on Gordon Beckham and then Carlos Quentin.
Since then, every pitch thrown by Hudson has been scrutinized by scouts, as the Sox try and figure out if he's an elite talent that they will need for the stretch run, and the Nationals wonder if he is a big-league starting pitcher that they can use to build around phenom Stephen Strasburg.
As for Hudson, he was in an all too familiar position on Wednesday, fielding questions that he really has no answer for.
"I don't think it's an unfair situation,'' Hudson said. "I think it's a good situation for me actually. It might be beneficial to me to be honest. I have to go out there and just do what I can do. Whatever happens after that I can't really control. If they want to move me or they don't think I'm the guy then that's what they're going to do. If they want to increase my trade value and go get someone else to go and try and win a championship, there's not much I can do after that.''
Hudson did say that since he came up with the Sox, staying on the South Side was obviously the scenario he wanted to play out. That doesn't mean he will have a mental breakdown if it goes another way, however.
"It is a business and I understand that,'' Hudson said. "They're going to do what they think is best for the organization and whatever they think is best. There's not much I can control after that. I would love to play here in Chicago and would like to play here for a long time, but if they see that they need to move me to make the organization they will do that.
"People tell me all the time, 'Oh, this team is looking at such and such and your name was mentioned.' I'm like, 'You know what, it really doesn't matter to me.' I mean pitching here in a pennant race would be fun, pitching somewhere else would be fine. Wherever I go or whatever happens it will be good.''
Williams has shown in the past he's not afraid to move young starting pitchers. In the last year alone he's sent out the likes of John Ely, Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard.
According to a source, the player that actually might be harder for Williams to let go would be Viciedo.
The knock on Viciedo initially was that breaking stuff would eat him up, but yet at every level in his climb from the minors, the young 21-year-old has adjusted and overcome.
Williams feels like Viciedo has star potential within two years, and a young power hitter in the American League isn't easy to let go of.
Either way, with the trade deadline approaching on Saturday, some tough decisions might have to be made, and Hudson's start could go a long way in changing some minds one way or the other.
"If he's pitching good, we keep him, if he continue to pitch good, we might trade him,'' manager Ozzie Guillen joked of Hudson. "That's the only thing you can do when your name is out there, play good for the team so they won't trade you or play good for the team that wants you.''
As far as if Guillen feels bad for the predicament resting on Hudson's shoulders? Not at all.
"This is Major League Baseball,'' Guillen added. "If he doesn't want to be in this position, Charlotte will be asking about him. This is the big leagues and when you are a prospect at this time of the year, there will be a lot of people talking.''

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Kenny needs to stop trading pitchers to the NL, I'm tired of watching Clayton Richard and Daniel Hudson become great against the 4A League. We must be saving Edwin Jackson for the World Series, at which point we will release the Kracken.

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