Sunday April 12, 2009
The Easter Bunny delivered the San Diego Padres a Right Handed SP/RP in former A and Cub Chad Gaudin.
Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the Padres signed Gaudin to a minor league yesterday.
The 26 year old Gaudin had a 3.59 era in 26 appearances (6 starts) for the A's and a 6.26 era in 24 appearances for the Cubs after being traded in early July last season as part of the deal for Rich Harden. Overall Gaudin was 9-5 with a 4.40 ERA in 50 appearances in 2008.
In 2007 he made 34 starts for the A's and had an 11-13 record and a 4.42 era over 199.1 innings.
Since he was used only as a reliever last season and in spring training by the Cubs, Gaudin would have to begin in the pen or spend time in the minors to build up his arm strength to start for the Padres in 2009.
Expect to see him join AAA Portland until the Padres have an injury or see ineffectiveness in the pitching staff. So far there is no spot for him on staff that is already overmanned with few pitchers having options.