Veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, who missed all of last season with a neck injury, has signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers.
Gaudin signed with the Phillies last spring, but then failed his physical exam and was released. He last pitched for the Giants in 2013, throwing 97 innings with a 3.06 ERA, but he’s 32 years old and did not post an ERA under 4.40 in any season from 2007-2012.
Los Angeles is stockpiling pitching depth and Gaudin could help as a fifth starter or middle reliever at some point.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that free agent reliever Chad Gaudin threw a bullpen session in front of Diamondbacks decision-makers this past week at the club’s Salt River Fields complex.
Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart acknowledged to Piecoro that he is considering making an offer to Gaudin, who missed the entire 2014 season due to a neck injury but registered a strong 3.06 ERA across 97 innings (12 starts and 18 relief appearances) in 2013 for the Giants.
If the Diamondbacks do sign the 31-year-old, it will likely be a non-guaranteed minor league deal.
Chad Gaudin signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies three weeks ago, but he failed the physical exam and was released today.
Gaudin would have earned $750,000 if he made the Opening Day roster out of spring training after throwing 97 innings with a 3.06 ERA for the Giants at age 30. However, he missed time with carpal tunnel syndrome that required surgery, which is presumably the cause of the failed physical now.
At the time of the signing Gaudin was linked to a handful of teams, so it’s possible he’ll be able to land a similar contract elsewhere.