Phillies Sign Chad Gaudin to a Minor League Deal

Chris Branch with the news:

Chad Gaudin spent the 2013 serving both out of the starting rotation and out of the bullpen for the Giants. He spent April and May in the ‘pen, posting a 2.05 ERA in 30 and two-thirds innings. The Giants then moved him into the rotation at the beginning of June. He exited his fourth start early after getting hit by a line drive. He missed two starts and returned in early July, making eight more starts until carpal tunnel syndrome in his right wrist ended his season. Overall, in 12 starts, he posted a 3.38 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 24 unintentional walks in 66 and one-third innings.

Gaudin’s ERA retrodictors (xFIP: 4.00; SIERA: 3.99) were a bit less friendly than his ERA for three reasons: the right-hander benefited from a slightly deflated BABIP (.278; career: .305), a low home run rate per fly ball (5.8 percent; career: 9.7 percent), and pitching half his innings in one of baseball’s more pitcher-friendly parks (home ERA: 1.69; away ERA: 4.41). Prior to last season, Gaudin had finished with an ERA above 4.50 in four consecutive seasons. As much as we would like to believe his 2013 results are easily replicated, they won’t be, unfortunately.

Still, Gaudin makes for a good depth signing for the Phillies because they risk virtually nothing by bringing him into camp. If he gets torched in spring training, then the Phillies can simply cut him at any point before they pack up the bats and balls and head bath north to Philadelphia near the end of March. If he shows some promise, he can soak up some low-leverage multi-inning appearances or make a spot start here and there as needed.

Additionally, the Phillies don’t have a lot of pitching depth. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, and Kyle Kendrick are guaranteed rotation spots. Two of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Roberto Hernandez, and Jonathan Pettibone will take the remaining slots. Gaudin would rank #7 on the rotation depth chart and he could even sneak into the rotation with a strong spring. 10 different Phillies made at least one start last season. They will almost certainly need more than the current seven available starters.

It would be hyperbole to call this signing “great”, but it’s exactly what the Phillies need at this point, just a few weeks away from spring training.

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  1. Ryan Sommers

    January 21, 2014 11:26 AM

    blog.sfgate.com/giants/2013/07/10/sf-giants-pitcher-chad-gaudin-charged-with-lewdness/

    Police arrested Gaudin on Jan. 27 at Desert Spring Hospital after a 4:30 a.m. incident. Police say Gaudin, who was drunk, approached a 23-year-old woman lying on a gurney in the emergency room lobby. According to the report, Gaudin touched the woman’s breast and face and told her she was “gorgeous.”

    A witness then heard Gaudin say to the woman, “I will take care of you, don’t worry about them.”

    A paramedic was unable to stop Gaudin and hospital security held down Gaudin until the police arrived.

    “I asked Gaudin several times how he ended up at the hospital and each time he told me that he didn’t know,” the officer wrote in the police report. “Gaudin appeared to be intoxicated. He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, trouble standing still, obeying commands, an odor of alcoholic beverages and couldn’t repeat his house number, where he lives, the same way twice in a row.”

    • Major Malfunction

      January 21, 2014 11:30 AM

      Sigh. I can’t remember the last time the Phillies signed a free agent that didn’t have baggage. Apparently clubhouse chemistry is possible if you make a whole team of misfits.

  2. VoteForDelmon

    January 21, 2014 11:42 AM

    Mediocre-to-poor outfielders with six letter name beginning with a consonant and ending in “-on”? Check.

    Mediocre-to-poor middle reliever named Chad?
    Check.

  3. Bubba0101

    January 21, 2014 12:30 PM

    …and there’s a chance he ends up in Philadelphia? That’s not gonna end well.

  4. Mark66

    January 21, 2014 01:00 PM

    I like this deal alot. There is a tremendous upside here. This is one of the few moves I like unless there is something I have overlooked.

  5. schufan

    January 21, 2014 01:05 PM

    Does Rube hit up the dating sites under the handle Hanging Chad?

    Chadophilia has to be one of the most specific fetishes out there.

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