Phillies Sign Gaudin to Minor League Deal

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, January 21, 2014 11:51 AM | Comments: 0
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http://static.foxsports.com/fe/images/MLB/Headshots/140x170/7199.jpgJim Salisbury of CSN Philly reported today that the Phillies have signed right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Gaudin, who turns 31 on March 24, pitched well in the swing man role for the Giants last season, posting a career-low 3.06 ERA and 1.247 WHIP. Gaudin will likely compete for a spot in the starting rotation and/or the bullpen.

Thoughts: Gaudin has had two of the best statistical seasons of his career in 2012 and 2013 but is seen by some as someone with a lot of baggage. In January 2013, Gaudin groped a woman in an emergency room while the woman was on a gurney, awaiting treatment about three miles from the Las Vegas strip. Gaudin, a resident of nearby Henderson, told police he did not know how he ended up in the emergency room.

With Gaudin comes talent but a very recent run-in with the law. Ordinarily, I would say this is a pretty decent signing by the Phillies. But then again, I have never before asked to review a signing of someone with a recent charge of “lewd conduct” on their record.

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