Them Nats are busy, little beavers today. Nats PR:
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin on a minor-league contract that includes a Spring Training invitation. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operation and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
The 27 year-old Gaudin is 35-39 with a 4.61 ERA (339 ER/661.2 IP) in 258 games/75 starts spanning eight big league seasons with New York (AL), Oakland, San Diego, Chicago (NL), Toronto and Tampa Bay.
Gaudin has pitched successfully in both a starting role and out of the bullpen during his career. As recently as 2007, Gaudin tied for the AL lead with 34 starts en route to going 11-13 with a 4.42 ERA with Oakland. In 183 career relief appearances, he has tallied 14 wins, two saves, 21 holds and been the victim of just four blown saves. Gaudin has worked in excess of 1.0 inning in 80 of those 183 career relief appearances.
A 34th-round selection in 2001, Gaudin debuted in the big leagues with the Devil Rays in 2003 at the age of 21. He has fanned 7.0 batters per 9.0 innings during his career.
What the Nats press release fails to mention is Gaudin’s long, extensive history with hair abuse issues. Considering they made Jayson Werth shave, I doubt we will be seeing a Gaudin Special anytime soon. Other tid-bits not mentioned in the press release:
- Gaudin had his sesamoid bone removed in a “sesamoidectomy” in 2007. Hooray, for strange body parts and body surgeries!
- In 2009, Gaudin supposedly hurt his back by “slipping off a curb and hitting a dumpster.”
Welcome to the organization, Gaudin. We who are about to shave, salute you.