Per a Phillies tweet, the team has agreed to a minor-league deal with reliever/spot-starter, Chad Gaudin.
— Phillies (@Phillies) January 21, 2014
Yesterday, MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo reported that the Phillies “had an offer out to an identified swingman”. Today, we know that was Gaudin.
Gaudin pitched for the San Francisco Giants last season, posting a five and two record, with a 3.06 ERA. Gaudin posted those numbers over the course of 30 games, starting 12 games and making 18 appearances out of the bullpen.
Frankly, I’m not sure why Gaudin didn’t get an MLB guaranteed deal, but Cotillo reported last week that “about six teams” were talking to Gaudin, so it wasn’t like he didn’t draw interest from anyone.
Gaudin, who is only 30 years-old, has pitched in the MLB since 2003, pitching for nine different teams, including two stints with the Oakland A’s. Such is the life of a middle reliever.
Gaudin will get a chance to make the team out of spring training as their long reliever, and seeing as how he will be competing with the likes of Ethan Martin (posted a 6.08 ERA in 15 games last year), he seems likely to make the team.