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Phillies sign Chad Gaudin

Jan 21, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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Philadelphia has signed right-hander Chad Gaudin to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

As of last night Gaudin was said to be deciding between a handful of teams. He has experience in the rotation and bullpen, throwing 97 innings with a 3.06 ERA and 88/40 K/BB ratio in a split role for the Giants last season.

If he makes the team out of spring training it’ll likely be as a reliever, but Gaudin gives the Phillies a nice fallback option should any of the starters go down with an injury.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Good for Chad. I did not want to see him hanging in limbo for much longer.

    • NatsLady - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Really, you didn’t!

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Couldn’t resist it.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      proudly, a “hanging” chad can only mean trouble. Now that chad is Phillies problem.

  2. eagles512 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    RAJ actually makes a decent move.

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    In other major baseball news while the sports world waits for Tanaka to make his decision, for Philadelphia fans the wait is over, Chad Gaudin has been signed to a minor league deal with the Phillies.

  4. happytwinsfan - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    an ERA of just over 3 over almost 100 innings. why did he only get a minor league deal?

    • uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Maybe GM’s are looking at his 2013 season as an anomaly. Going back to the 2007 through 2012 his ERA never got below 4.40 and in several of those years it was in the 5’s and 6’s.

      Now I realize ERA is not the best way to judge a pitchers performance but since you brought up his ERA.

      • happytwinsfan - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        makes sense. plus he had an ugly sounding arrest incident which seems to suggest a heavy duty substance abuse problem. maybe he did well last year because he got scared straight. if so you could see why a GM would want to keep him motivated to stay straight by guaranteeing little. i bet he helps the phillies.

    • tysonpunchinguterus - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      I guess he couldn’t get teams to look past his medicore numbers from nearly every other year of his career. Equally puzzling is why he signed with the Phillies if other teams were interested. Even if he makes the team he’ll be pitching in an offense-friendly park and he’ll be looking for a ocntract next winter based on his numbers this year.

  5. twpguy1964 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    This makes no sense on his part. He needs a new agent. I’ve seen scrubs with worse numbers get FAR Better contracts

    • stex52 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      I didn’t look at his injury record or anything like that, but I agree. There are a lot worse looking players getting 2/5MM$ or such.

      • jwbiii - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Here’s his injury record (scroll down a bit):

        http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=35922

        The “Remove bone from right foot” surgery is something I do not aspire to.

  6. Jonny 5 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Solid move. I wonder. Are the 2014 Phillies the oldest baseball team ever assembled? On average of course, I’d bet they are.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      You KNOW Ruben isn’t done for the season till he adds a Chad to the roster.

  7. Jonny 5 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Awwww man this is the guy busted for fondling women in the ER isn’t it? WTH!

    • stex52 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      No kidding, Jonny? You will have to share that story. Maybe off line.

      • stex52 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Oh, wow. Just looked it up. Never mind. Pretty repulsive. I assume he was seriously under the influence of something.

  8. cdatzker - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Chad Gaudin. had great starts for The Giants. But his big problem was his arrest in Las Vegas and that he alledgelly raped some one. I think that The Phillies took a nice gamble.

  9. straightouttavtown - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Gaudin is the type of guy who has no incentive of ever posting a good season. He would be getting the same deal if he had a 6 ERA last season and spent most of his time in the minors and independent ball. When guys who aren’t eligible for free agency are getting much more money through arbitration than free agents, the system is broken. Free agency used to be considered a good thing. Nowadays, I’m sure guys like Gaudin rather be arbitration eligible than free agents.

  10. Jonny 5 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    The Phillies should definitely beware men named Chad.

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